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CO2 emissions from commercial aviation 2013-2019, by select departure country

The United States was the largest emitter of carbon dioxide emissions from commercial aviation in 2019. In that year, domestic and international flights departing from the U.S. produced 179 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MtCO2). This was an increase of roughly 30 MtCO2 when compared to 2013 operations.

Emissions from commercial flights departing from China have also seen a noticeable increase since 2013, rising by approximately 40 MtCO2 to 103 MtCO2.

Carbon dioxide emissions from commercial passenger aviation operations worldwide in 2013, 2018, and 2019, by select departure country*

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Release date

October 2020



Survey time period

2013, 2018, and 2019

Supplementary notes

*Includes domestic and international flights

** Includes American Samoa, Guam, Johnston Island, Kingman’s Reef, Midway, Palmyra, Puerto Rico, Saipan (Mariana Islands), Wake Island, Virgin Islands.
*** Includes Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR.
**** Includes Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Montserrat, St. Helena and Ascension, Turks and Caicos Islands.
***** Includes French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Reunion Island, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna Islands.
****** Includes Christmas Island, Coco Islands, Norfolk Island.

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