Annual per capita carbon dioxide emissions in the world’s largest economies in the years 1970-2020. Distinctive color grades. Values ​​are given in tonnes of carbon dioxide per capita.

Source: European Commission

Despite the huge increase in greenhouse gas emissions in poor countries, the decline in emissions in developed countries keeps the pace of the world relatively low. For example, the European Union recorded a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels by 31.3% compared to 1990, the United States by 10.5%, and Japan by 8.5%. Russia has also experienced a significant reduction in emissions, but it will occur mainly in the first half of the 1990s and was the result of the post-Soviet industrialization and economic decline. Since then, Russia’s emissions have slowly but surely increased.

The problem of so-called greenwashing, ie the nominal promotion of the environment without introducing any real changes. Does any Western country fit this trend? According to the report, as follows: Americans, Australians and Canadians have achieved very high levels of gas emissions per capita, despite repeated assertions from The private sector, however, does not work in the context of the EU: despite its high GDP and population, the per capita emissions per capita and all GDP in the EU are among the lowest in the world, with the exception of Estonia and Luxembourg, which have With some of the highest per capita carbon dioxide emissions on Earth.The only significantly developed economy with lower emissions than the European Union turns out to be the United Kingdom.The report does not confirm the sometimes-repeated criticism of Germany, accusing this country of double standards in the environment.Germany emits 24.3% of European carbon dioxide is a fossil fuel, which is proportional to the share of German GDP in the European economy.

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