Greenland’s emissions

In 2014, Greenland’s CO-emissions reached 520,874 tonnes.
Emissions are particularly connected to heating, transportation and supplies.
Emissions related to geological surveys have demonstrated a marked increase over the past years. In the years the surveys were conducted, they represented almost one fifth of the total emissions. This provides an indication of the impact that a new industry can be expected to have on Greenland’s overall COemissions.


Source: Statistics Greenland (February 2017)

Actual emissions of greenhouse gases distributed in branches:


Source: Statistics Greenland (December 2016), Greenland’s energy consumption 2015.

With 55% of total emissions from the transport sector coming from air travel in 2011, this is by far the most CO2-emitting type of transport. In comparison, maritime transport constituted 23% of total emissions from this sector. You can read more about emissions from households as well as energy and water supply here A Greenlandic Reality.

Greenland compared with…
In terms of population, Greenland is a small country and compared with many other countries, its emissions are still low. Here, you can see Greenland’s emissions compared with a number of other countries:

Country

Total Emissions

2013 (mio. ton CO2equiv.)

Emission per capita

2013 (ton CO2equiv.)

Greenland

0,6

10,1

Denmark

38,1

6,8

Norway

59,6

11,7

Poland

302

7,9

Australia

378

16,3

United States

5.186

16,4

China

10.249

7,6

World

35849

5,0

Source: The World Bank (February 2017)

Reduction efforts
Greenland has launched a number of reduction efforts, both at national and municipal level. You can read more about these efforts here.

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