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Fossil-Fuel CO2 Emissions from South Africa

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South Africa is the 13th largest emitting country based on 2008 fossil-fuel CO2 emissions and the largest emitting country on the continent of Africa. With a domestic economy powered by coal, South Africa has experienced a seven-fold increase in fossil-fuel CO2 emissions since 1950, with 80-90% of emissions from coal. For 2008, 85% of South Africa's fossil-fuel CO2 emissions of 119 million metric tons of carbon were from coal, another 11.6% were from oil consumption, and the remainder was from cement manufacture and natural gas and coke-oven gas consumption. The oil price problems so evident in other countries appear to have had only a minor impact on South African fossil-fuel CO2 emissions.

It is appropriate to note that the emissions shown in the data file are by primary fuel. Consequently, when liquid fuels are produced from coal, the emissions will still appear in these tabulations as CO2 emissions from solid fuels.

CITE AS: Boden, T.A., G. Marland, and R.J. Andres. 2011. Global, Regional, and National Fossil-Fuel CO2 Emissions. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tenn., U.S.A. doi 10.3334/CDIAC/00001_V2011