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CO2 emissions from oil use worldwide1960-2019, by select country

The United States is the biggest producer of emissions from oil combustion and industrial processes worldwide, and has been for a number of decades. In 1960, the U.S. emitted 1.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from oil use and by 2019 this figure had increased to 2.3 billion metric tons. The second biggest emitter of CO2 from oil use is now China, which has seen a steep rise in emissions from this fuel since the 1990's.

Emissions from oil use in selected countries worldwide from 1960 to 2019*

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1960 to 2019

Supplementary notes

*Based on territorial emissions from combustion and industrial processes.
Figures have been rounded


The sources adds the following information "The estimates of global and national fossil CO2 emissions (EFOS) include the combustion of fossil fuels through a wide range of activities (e.g. transport, heating and cooling, industry, fossil industry own use, and natural gas flaring), the production of cement, and other process emissions (e.g. the production of chemicals and fertilizers) as well as CO2 uptake during the cement carbonation process."

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Statistics on "Emissions in the United States"

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