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Countdown to Copenhagen (Part 3): Top 20 CO2 countries revealed

Data shows that top 5 nations account for over 50 percent of global CO2 emissions from marine fuels.



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Updated on 03 Dec 2009 08:28 GMT

In the third of our "Countdown to Copenhagen" feature articles in the run up to next week's United Nations Climate Change Conference, Bunker Index reveals the list of the top 20 countries in a comparison of CO2 emissions from marine fuels around the world.

According to data recently released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) for the 1971-2007 period, the country with the most CO2 emissions from marine fuels in 2007 was Singapore, the world's leading bunker port with 97.28 million tonnes of CO2. The city-state was closely followed by the United States with 95.96 million tonnes of CO2.

The data shows that the top 5 countries - Singapore, United States, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates and Korea accounted for 319.26 million tonnes of CO2 in 2007, or 52.3 percent of the world's emissions from marine fuels, estimated to be 610.4 million tonnes of CO2.

Meanwhile, the top 10 countries in the list accounted for 448.78 million tonnes of CO2 in 2007, or 73.52 percent, whilst CO2 emissions from the top 20 nations represents 88.04 percent of global emissions from bunker fuel.

Please find a table below with the data. Emissions are in millions of tonnes of CO2. Please note that CO2 emissions data from marine fuels in the Russian Federation was not made available.

No.CountryCO2 emissions %
1 Singapore 97.28 15.94
2 United States 95.96 15.72
3 Netherlands 50.92 8.34
4 United Arab Emirates 44.22 7.24
5 Korea 30.90 5.06
6 Belgium 29.54 4.84
7 China 28.70 4.70
8 Spain 26.71 4.38
9 Hong Kong 25.95 4.25
10 Japan 18.61 3.05
11 Brazil 11.44 1.87
12 Italy 11.07 1.81
13 Greece 10.05 1.65
14 Germany 9.66 1.58
15 France 9.20 1.51
16 Saudi Arabia 8.66 1.42
17 South Africa 8.06 1.32
18 United Kingdom 7.32 1.20
19 Taiwan 6.62 1.08
20 Sweden 6.54 1.07






Related Links:

Countdown to Copenhagen (Part 2): Marine bunker emissions in OECD countries
Countdown to Copenhagen (Part 1): Global CO2 emissions from marine fuels

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