18 May 2011

Relative Carbon Dioixde Emissions in the US and Europe

A colleague asked me if I could gin up a graph showing relative carbon dioxide emissions for the US and Europe since 1990, with 1990 set to 1.0.  Here is that quickly-made graph; the data comes from the US EIA.  In case you are curious, the European countries with relatively lower emissions in 2009 than the US (off of the 1990 baseline) are Germany, the UK, Denmark and Sweden.  The picture looks different with a 2000 baseline.


  1. Really nice!
    Can we graph by US cities?

  2. -1-noribear

    I am unaware of such data.

  3. What's the unit? Absolute emissions? Emissions per capita? Per unit of GNP?

    With so many lines, the palette of colors seems insufficient. Maybe use dashes and dots for some of them?
    The one that crashes in 1997-99 is Italy?
    The one that crashes in 1993-95 is ... Luxembourg?

  4. Could we get an ordered list of countries at the termination of the graph - those colors are unreadable to my old eyes.

  5. -4-Mark B.

    Ireland 1.56
    Spain 1.47
    Portugal 1.29
    Austria 1.24
    Greece 1.23
    Netherlands 1.18
    Belgium 1.10
    France 1.08
    United States 1.08
    Luxembourg 0.99
    Italy 0.98
    Finland 0.98
    EU-15 0.97
    Sweden 0.89
    Denmark 0.87
    United Kingdom 0.86
    Germany 0.77

  6. It's best to use starkly different colors or use a different type of line when doing graphs. The blues and browns/reds in particular are very hard to match to their respective countries.

  7. Of course, the Kyoto Protocols of 1997 used the 1990 levels as the reference levels for future cuts, which put the US at a 10% disadvantage at the "starting line". (Eyeballing, the US was at 112% of 1990 levels in 1997, the EU at 102%. Real swift negotiating by the US team.