What are the energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by source and sector for the United States?

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Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by source and sector for the United States, 2017

(million metric tons)

Electric Power
Source Total
0 2 109 0 1,207 1,318
Natural gas
243 174 509 40 506 1,472
60 59 342 1,858 19 2,338
- - - - 12 12
653 639 488 4 - -
Sector total
956 874 1,408 1,902 1,744 5,140

Emissions from combustion of waste materials derived from petroleum and from some types of geothermal power plants.
Electricity-related CO2 emissions based on electricity use for each sector and electric power emissions.
Sum of data in columns and rows may not equal the totals because of independent rounding.
Source: Monthly Energy Review (May 2018), preliminary data

Learn More:

  • Where Greenhouse Gases Come From (Website) Energy Information Administration
    Defines greenhouse gases and provides an overview of quantities emitted by the United States.
  • Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data (Webpage) Environmental Protection Agency
    Data on global emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by gas, economic sector, and country.
  • Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (Website) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Website featuring lots of information on emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases over time, both nationally and globally. Provides data, visualizations, and a host of other resources. Note that the center ceased operation in September 2017, so more recent data will not be available.