As this statistic indicates the amount of polluting emissions per GDP dollar - a low value is more desirable.
Emissions per GDP dollar is calculated by comparing
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In general, countries which have a high GDP also have a high rate of carbon dioxide
emissions. However a country can gain a high value in this statistic by having high total
carbon dioxide emissions, a low GDP or both.
For example: Burkina Faso has a similar GDP to Trinidad & Tobago. However the total
Carbon dioxide emissions of Trinidad and Tobago are eighteen times as high as those for
Burkina Faso, so Trinidad and Tobago has a very high value for emissions per GDP.
Carbon dioxide emissions in Burkina Faso have remained roughly static since 1998, however
emissions per GDP may appear to be lower than in the past as the GDP of Burkina Faso has
increased significantly over this time period.