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United States

Country Scorecard


[2009 Grades]
CO2 Trend: A
CO2 Intensity: C
CO2 Footprint: D-
Grade Explanation
TREND: In 2011 the annual CO2 footprint of United States reduced by -2.13% and at the same time it also improved the CO2 intensity of its economy by -2.51%. INTENSITY & FOOTPRINT: It has moderately high CO2 intensity and its annual CO2 footprint is among the top 10 globally.

[2008 Grades]
CO2 Trend: A
CO2 Intensity: C
CO2 Footprint: D-

[Data Source: EIA-US] View grading methodology
Grade Explanation
TREND: In 2008 the annual CO2 footprint of United States reduced by -2.84% and at the same time it also improved the CO2 intensity of its economy by -3.91%.
LEVEL: It has moderately high CO2 intensity and its annual CO2 footprint is among the top 10 globally.

Key Trends and Summary





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CO2 EMISSIONS: United States released 5,491 million metric tons of CO2 in the year 2011, and is ranked #2 out of 216 countries. With per capita CO2 emissions of 17.62 metric tons per year, it is in the highest quartile globally. Its CO2 intensity (kg per unit GDP 2005 PPP $) is 0.41, which is higher than the average of 0.33 for its income group--the High income: OECD countries. Regarding the trend, the total CO2 emissions have decreased by -2.13% during 2010-11. Over the past five years, the total CO2 emissions has improved by -7.15%, and over the last decade the total CO2 emissions has fallen by -4.57%.

POWER GENERATION: The total net generation for United States in 2011 was 4,095 million Mwh. Power supply from conventional thermal sources accounted for 68.13% of the total. In comparison, renewable sources including hydroelectricity contributed 12.70% of the total. The share of the non-hydro renewable component in the total generation was 4.76%. It is estimated that the coal fired power plants, the most CO2 intensive source of power accounted for around 38.31% of the total generation (top 10 globally-based on 2012 data). Finally, nuclear generation contributed 19.30% of the total supply nationally (790.23 million Mwh).

[Data Source: EIA-US and World Bank-WDI]

CO2 and Energy Intensity Ratios


1CO2 per capita (metric tons) [EIA 2011]17.62/Content/images/map/5.pngHighest Quartile
2CO2 per unit GDP (kg per 2005 PPP $ of GDP) [EIA 2011].41/Content/images/map/4.png3rd Quartile
3CO2 per unit energy consumed (kg per mill BTU) [EIA 2011]56.33/Content/images/map/1.pngBottom Quartile
4Primary Energy Consumption per Capita (Million Btu per Person) [EIA 2011]312.81/Content/images/map/5.pngHighest Quartile
5Primary Energy Consumption per unit GDP (Btu per 2005 PPP $) [EIA 2011]7,328.99/Content/images/map/4.png3rd Quartile

CO2 Emissions by Fuel Type and Energy Mix


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1CO2 Emissions-Totals       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
1.1.aCO2 emissions fossil fuels (mill metric tons)BP20125,786-3.61%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-11.87%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-8.66%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif5.72%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
1.1.bCO2 emissions fossil fuels (mill metric tons)CDIAC20125,085-3.75%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-12.15%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-9.97%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif5.30%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
1.1.cCO2 emissions fossil fuels (mill metric tons)EDGAR/PBL20125,194-3.67%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-11.99%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-7.43%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif7.80%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
1.1.dCO2 emissions fossil fuels (mill metric tons)EIA20115,491-2.13%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-7.15%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-4.57%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif8.92%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
1.1.eCO2 emissions fossil fuels (mill metric tons)IEA20115,287-2.62%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-7.00%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-6.88%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif8.60%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
1.1.fCO2 emissions fossil fuels (mill metric tons)UNFCCC20115,604-2.15%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-7.97%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-6.58%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif7.27%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
1.1.gCO2 emissions fossil fuels (mill metric tons)WDI20105,4332.28%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif-6.91%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-5.30%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif11.77%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
2CO2 Intensities and Ratios       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
2.1.aCO2 per capita (metric tons)CDIAC201017.271.29%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif-11.29%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-13.89%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-9.94%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.1.bCO2 per capita (metric tons)EIA201117.62-2.56%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-11.03%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-12.69%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-12.74%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.1.cCO2 per capita (metric tons)IEA201116.94-3.33%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-10.94%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-14.86%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-12.93%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.1.dCO2 per capita (metric tons)WDI201017.561.44%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif-11.00%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-13.61%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-9.81%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.2CO2 per unit GDP (kg per 2000 US$ of GDP)WDI20100.40-0.22%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-25.04%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-31.98%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-42.00%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.3CO2 per unit GDP (kg per 2005 US$ of GDP)EIA20110.41-2.51%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-9.41%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-18.58%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-34.20%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.4.aCO2 per unit GDP (kg per 2005 PPP $ of GDP)EIA20110.41-2.51%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-9.41%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-18.58%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-34.20%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.4.bCO2 per unit GDP (kg per 2005 PPP $ of GDP)WDI20100.40-0.22%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-13.87%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-21.85%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-33.36%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.5CO2 per unit energy consumed (kg per mill BTU)EIA201156.33-1.27%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-4.83%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-5.49%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-5.12%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.6CO2 intensity (kg per kg of oil equivalent energy use)WDI20102.45-0.07%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-2.38%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-2.40%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-3.48%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.7CO2 intensity (kg per kg of oil equivalent TPES)IEA20082.45-0.65%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-2.46%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-3.73%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-3.62%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
2.8CO2 per unit electricity (Kg /MWh)IEA2008535.03-2.58%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-6.27%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-11.37%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif 
3CO2 Emissions by Source       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
3.1.aCO2 solid fuel (million metric tons)CDIAC20121,626-11.65%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-24.22%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-22.34%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-8.09%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
3.1.bCO2 solid fuel (million metric tons)EIA20111,874-5.59%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-12.71%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-10.25%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif2.89%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
3.3.aCO2 gas fuel (million metric tons)CDIAC20121,3654.58%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif10.11%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif10.77%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif43.84%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
3.3.bCO2 gas fuel (million metric tons)EIA20111,3063.25%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif12.87%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif10.03%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif27.46%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
3.4.aCO2 liguid fuel (million metric tons)CDIAC20122,086-2.05%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-12.91%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-10.00%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-0.83%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
3.4.bCO2 liguid fuel (million metric tons)EIA20112,299-2.21%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-11.66%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-7.05%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif5.14%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
3.5CO2 cement (million metric tons)CDIAC201236.897.81%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif-23.62%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-18.94%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif3.62%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
4Energy Consumption and Intensity       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
4.1Total Primary Energy Consumption (Quad BTU)EIA201295.10-2.43%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-6.47%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-3.00%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif12.00%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
4.2Primary Energy Consumption per Capita (Million Btu per Person)EIA2011312.81-1.31%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-6.51%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-7.62%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-8.04%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
4.3Primary Energy Consumption per unit GDP (Btu per 2005 US$)EIA20117,329-2.35%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-4.81%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-13.85%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-30.65%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
4.4Primary Energy Consumption per unit GDP (Btu per 2005 PPP $)EIA20117,329-2.35%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-4.81%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-13.85%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-30.65%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
5Electricity/Energy Total Supply       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
5.1.aTotal Net Generation (million Mwh)EIA20114,095-0.43%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif0.74%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif9.58%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif34.79%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
5.1.bTotal Net Generation (million Mwh)WDI20124,282-1.04%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-0.95%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif6.35%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif33.69%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
5.2Total Primary Energy Supply (Quad BTU)EIA201279.131.45%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif10.54%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif11.56%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif11.66%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
6Thermal Generation       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
6.1Total Conventional Thermal (million Mwh)EIA20112,790-3.23%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-3.29%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif4.23%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif32.64%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
6.2Electricity production from coal sources (% of total)WDI201238.31-11.61%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-21.81%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-24.37%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-27.80%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
6.3Electricity production from natural gas sources (% of total)WDI201229.8323.49%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif40.91%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif68.59%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif150.34%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
6.4Electricity production from oil sources (% of total)WDI20120.68-25.73%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-62.47%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-74.27%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-83.37%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
6.5Electricity production from coal sources (million Mwh)WDI20121,641-12.52%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-22.56%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-19.57%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-3.48%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
6.6Electricity production from natural gas sources (million Mwh)WDI20121,27722.20%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif39.57%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif79.29%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif234.67%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
6.7Electricity production from oil sources (million Mwh)WDI201229.05-26.51%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-62.82%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-72.63%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-77.77%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
7Hydroelectric Generation       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
7.1.aHydroelectric (million Mwh)EIA2011325.0724.93%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif12.39%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif49.83%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif11.00%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
7.1.bHydroelectric (million Mwh)WDI2012280.03-12.96%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif12.18%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif4.86%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif2.52%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
7.2Hydroelectric (% of total)WDI20126.54-12.05%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif13.26%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif-1.39%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-23.32%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif
8Renewables Generation       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
8.1Total Renewables (million Mwh)EIA2011520.0721.69%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif30.43%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif73.57%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif44.12%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
8.2Total Renewables (% of total)EIA201112.7022.21%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif29.47%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif58.39%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif6.92%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
8.3Total Renewables non-hydro (million Mwh)EIA2011194.9916.64%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif78.08%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif135.85%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif186.81%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
8.4Total Renewables non-hydro (% of total)EIA20114.7617.14%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif76.77%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif115.23%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif112.78%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
8.5Wind (million Mwh)EIA2011119.7526.51%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif350.36%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif1,677.36%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif4,194.15%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
8.6Solar, Tide and Wave (million Mwh)EIA20111.8149.65%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif257.29%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif234.22%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif394.15%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
8.7Biomass and Waste (million Mwh)EIA201156.731.15%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif-16.37%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-7.98%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif14.85%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
8.8Geothermal (million Mwh)EIA201116.709.73%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif14.63%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif21.54%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif8.20%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
9Nuclear Generation       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
9.1.aNuclear (millionMwh)EIA2011790.23-2.07%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif0.38%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif2.78%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif36.99%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
9.1.bNuclear (millionMwh)WDI2012799.71-2.64%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-4.41%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-0.60%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif30.76%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
9.2Electricity production from nuclear sources (% of total)WDI201218.68-1.62%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-3.49%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-6.53%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-2.19%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif
10Installed Capacity and Utilization       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
10.1Total Electricity Installed Capacity (Million Kilowatts)EIA20101,0391.33%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif6.24%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif28.01%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif41.54%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
10.10Geothermal capacity cumulative (MW)BP20123,3864.64%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif18.82%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif 22.04%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
10.2Installed Capacity-Thermal (million Kilowatts)EIA2010782.181.02%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif3.32%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif30.61%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif48.20%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif
10.3Capacity Utilization-Conventional Thermal (%)EIA201042.084.38%/Content/images/arrows/up_r.gif-4.08%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-18.01%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif-7.51%/Content/images/arrows/down_g.gif
10.4Installed Capacity-Renewables (million Kilowatts)EIA2010133.524.35%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif34.01%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif39.88%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif53.01%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
10.5Capacity Utilization-Renewables (%)EIA201036.54-3.48%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-13.92%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-15.43%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-22.60%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif
10.6Installed Capacity-Renewables-non hydro (million Kilowatts)EIA201054.7010.63%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif147.58%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif239.83%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif309.97%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
10.7Capacity Utilization-Renewables-non-hydro (%)EIA201034.89-0.71%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-32.58%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-42.60%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif-40.02%/Content/images/arrows/down_r.gif
10.8Solar Photovoltaic (PV) capacity cumulative (MW)BP20127,31284.37%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif780.43%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif3,345.81%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif 
10.9Wind turbine capacity cumulative (MW)BP201260,20827.87%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif256.70%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif1,188.15%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif 
11Socio Economic Indicators       
 Key IndicatorsSourceYearValue1 Yr Ch5 Yr Ch10 Yr ChCh 1990
11.1Population, TotalWDI2012313,914,0400.75%/Content/images/arrows/up_grey.gif4.09%/Content/images/arrows/up_grey.gif9.07%/Content/images/arrows/up_grey.gif25.76%/Content/images/arrows/up_grey.gif
11.2GDP (2000 US$)WDI201214,231,574,699,0002.78%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif21.93%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif39.66%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif101.47%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
11.3GDP (2005 PPP $)WDI201216,244,600,000,0004.58%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif15.52%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif53.39%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif182.28%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
11.4GDP growth (annual %)WDI20122.7850.44%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif42.70%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif52.08%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif49.64%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
11.5GDP per capita (2000 US$)WDI201245,3362.02%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif17.14%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif28.05%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif60.21%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif
11.6GDP per capita (2005 PPP $)WDI201245,3362.02%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif3.83%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif13.50%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif42.00%/Content/images/arrows/up_g.gif