Environment > CO2 Emissions: Group totals

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Greenhouse gas emissions in the United Kingdom rose 1.5 percent from the previous year’s level in 2004 and are now higher than they have been since Tony Blair’s Labour government came to power in 1997. The data suggest U.K. may miss its emission target as set by the Kyoto Protocol.<p>Under the terms of the Kyoto Protocol, the U.K. must limit annual greenhouse gas emissions to 12.5 percent below 1990 levels for the 2008-2012 period. Emissions were 14.4 percent below in 2002, and 13.4 percent below in 2003, but just 12.6 percent below in 2004. <p>The government has previously admitted that the U.K. will not meet the target in the Labour party’s 1997 election platform of reducing CO2 emissions 20% from 1990 levels by 2010. The latest figures show the U.K.’s CO2 emissions in 2004 were just 4.2% below 1990 levels.
DEFINITION: CO2: Total Emissions (excluding land-use) Units: thousand metric tonnes of carbon dioxide.


Cold countries 14.64 million 2003
High income OECD countries 11.8 million 2003
Heavily indebted countries 11.01 million 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) 9.71 million 2003
Emerging markets 9.37 million 2003
Former British colonies 8.53 million 2003
Non-religious countries 6.63 million 2003
Europe 6.29 million 2003
NATO countries 4.54 million 2003
Hot countries 4.21 million 2003
European Union 3.97 million 2003
Catholic countries 2.98 million 2003
Eurozone 2.66 million 2003
Religious countries 2.63 million 2003
Former Soviet republics 2.31 million 2003
Muslim countries 2.05 million 2003
South and Central Asia 1.45 million 2003
Latin America and Caribbean 1.3 million 2003
South Asia 1.15 million 2003
Former Spanish colonies 1.01 million 2003
Middle Eastern and North Africa 950,476.2 2003
OPEC countries 816,656.2 2003
Sub-Saharan Africa 489,613.2 2003
failed states 275,212 2003
Former French colonies 224,058.4 2003

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