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9. How does Canada compare with other countries in terms of GHG emissions?

9. How does Canada compare with other countries in terms of GHG emissions?

Canadian GHG emissions grew by 26% from 1990 to 2012. However, as shown in Figure 1-4, this growth has stagnated since 2003.

Figures 1-5 and 1-6 demonstrate that although Canada is not a major emitter compared to China and the United States, it is among the countries with the highest emissions per capita, ahead of the United States and the European Union, among others.

Figure 1-4
GHG emissions in Canada in millions of tonnes of CO2 equivalent, 1990-2012




Source: World Resources Institute, CAIT – Historical Emissions Data (Countries, U.S. States, UNFCCC), Total GHG Emissions Excluding Land-Use Change and Forestry, June 22, 2015.

Figure 1-5
GHG emissions by country, millions of tonnes of CO2 equivalent




Source: World Resources Institute, CAIT – Historical Emissions Data (Countries, U.S. States, UNFCCC), Total GHG Emissions Excluding Land-Use Change and Forestry, June 22, 2015.

Figure 1-6
GHG emissions per capita, tonnes of CO2 equivalent




Sources: World Resources Institute, CAIT – Historical Emissions Data (Countries, U.S. States, UNFCCC), Total GHG Emissions Excluding Land-Use Change and Forestry, June 22, 2015; World Bank, Data, Total Population, September 24, 2015.

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