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Canada Fossil-Fuel CO2 Emissions

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Driven by a 6.2% per year increase in emissions from liquid fuels, total fossil-fuel CO2 emissions from Canada increased by a factor of 2.5 from 1950 to 1974. Continuing growth until 1980 was maintained by continuing expansion of natural gas consumption and an upturn in coal consumption. The post-1980 drop was comparable to that observed in the United States, and the pattern from 1980 to 1987 was erratic but essentially at a constant level. After 1987, annual fossil-fuel CO2 releases increased irregularly peaking in 2005 at 153 million metric tons of carbon. The 2008 estimate, approximately 148 million metric tons of carbon, represents a 3.3% decline from the 2005 peak value. In 2008, liquid fuels contributed 46.7% of total fossil-fuel CO2 emissions, natural gas contributed 32.4%, and coal contributed 18.8%. Per capita CO2 emissions from Canada stand at 4.46 metric tons of carbon per person placing Canada among the highest of the major fossil-fuel CO2-emitting nations.

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