Greenland's Emissions

In 2012, Greenland’s emissions reached 577,000 tonnes, corresponding to 10.2 tonnes per capita. The table below provides an overview of emissions during the past decades:

 

 

 

 

1990

 

2000

 

2007

 

2008

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

% Increase ’90-’12

Total CO2 Emissions (1000 tonnes)

 

629

 

678

 

652

 

677

 

592

 

678

 

724

 

577

 

- 8.3 %

CO2 Emissions per capita (1000 tonnes)

 

11.3

 

12.1

 

11.5

 

12.0

 

10.5

 

12.0

 

12.8

 

10.2

 

- 9.7 %

 

Greenland’s per capita emission corresponds to that of many other welfare societies. Emissions are particularly connected to heating, transportation and goods supply, which you can read more about here. The diagram below show the relative share of CO2 emissions by sector:

 

 

Sectoral Emission Inventory

 

Emissions related to geological surveys have demonstrated a marked increase over the past years and today make up one fifth of total emissions. This provides an indication of the impact that a new industry can be expected to have on Greenland’s overall CO2 emissions

 

With 55% of total emissions from the transport sector coming from air travel in 2011, this is by far the most CO2-emitting type of transport. In comparison, maritime transport constituted 23% of total emissions from this sector. You can read more about emissions from households as well as energy and water supply here.

 

Greenland compared with…

In terms of population, Greenland is a small country and compared with many other countries, its emissions are still low. Here, you can see Greenland’s emissions compared with a number of other countries:

 

 

 

Country

Total Emissions

2011 (mil. tonnes CO2e)

Emission per capita

2011 (tonnes CO2e)

Greenland

0.7

12.8

Denmark

44.4

8.3

Norway

53.4

10.8

Poland

350

9.1

Australia

430

19.0

United States

5,420

17.3

China

9,700

7.2

World

34,000

4.9

If you would like to know more...

The European Commission and Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Trends in Global CO2 emissions – 2011 report – p. 29

United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2011). World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision

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