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How is Your Country Performing in Reducing its Carbon Footprint?

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How is your country performing against others when it comes to reducing its carbon emissions? With the UN’s latest report detailing the ‘unacceptable’ greenhouse emissions gap and warnings of carbon dioxide surging to a new high in 2017, it’s more important than ever to look at which countries are achieving targets and which countries need to work harder.

The most recent data takes into account global observations made by the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch Programme. It reveals that carbon dioxide hit 403.3 parts per million in the year 2016, which was an increase on the 400 ppm in the year previous. The United Nations weather agency now urges that everyone needs to do more to tackle the global warming crisis.

Energy Consumption Vs. Energy Production

A useful infographic features an interactive button which reveals energy consumption vs. production on a map of the world. Revealing the biggest users and producers at a glance.

According to the data from the infographic, there are a number of countries that are high energy users but are also top of the charts for generating power. See the complete list below:

Countries Consuming the Most Energy >

1. Trinidad and Tobago

2. Iceland

3. Qatar

4. Luxembourg

5. United Arab Emirates

6. Canada

7. Oman

8. United States

9. Saudi Arabia

10. Bahrain

Countries Producing the Most Energy >

1. Qatar

2. Kuwait

3. Norway

4. Brunei

5. Trinidad and Tobago

6. United Arab Emirates

7. Saudi Arabia

8. Oman

9. Bahrain

10. Australia

The countries highlighted in green are present on both lists, but actually create more energy than they produce.

Luxembourg is one of the highest consumers, using a whopping 72.89 mw/h per capita, higher than the US & Canada and the UAE.

The Share of Renewable Energy Sources

The Europe 2020 strategy was developed by the European Commission to push the EU forward with  "smart, sustainable, inclusive growth" back in 2010. It included 2020 targets for green energy growth and currently 11 of the 28 countries signed are hitting (or exceeding targets).

These countries are:

1. Sweden

2. Finland

3. Denmark

4. Croatia

5. Estonia

6. Lithuania

7. România

8. Bulgaria

9. Italy

10. Czech Republic

11. Hungary

The countries yet to hit their target include the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Cyprus and Belgium. As well as Malta and Luxembourg right at the bottom, with the smallest share of renewables (both at a mere 5%).

The highest share of renewables is found in Sweden, at an impressive 53.9% as of data from earlier this year (already far beyond its 49% target). This is followed by Finland at 39.3% (surpassing its 38% target).


History shows that energy use is not linked to climate change nor CO2 emissions.


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