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  • UK ranks among most successful countries for CO2 reductions

    The United Kingdom is one of the few countries that managed to actually reduce its CO2 emissions in the last 60 years.
    The report by Utility Bidder analyses various countries’ emissions from 1959 and 2019, to reveal who has made the most cuts to their emissions, and predict who will be the worst offenders for co2 emissions in 2032.
    Top five countries that have cut emissions the most

    Rank

    Country

    1959 emissions (MtCO2)

    2019 emissions (MtCO2)

    Annual change

    Estimated 2032 emissions (MtCO2)

    1

    Curaçao

    11.0

    3.7

    -1.78%

    2.8

    2

    Moldova

    11.0

    7.3

    -0.66%

    6.7

    3

    the United Kingdom

    545.9

    370.1

    -0.64%

    339.5

    4

    Ukraine

    256.5

    223.5

    -0.23%

    217.0

    5

    Germany

    754.8

    703.5

    -0.12%

    692.9

    Only five of the 93 nations saw their emissions decrease in the last 60 years, with the Caribbean island of Curaçao achieving the biggest decrease at -1.78% per year.
    Moldova’s emissions have fallen by an average of 0.66% over the last 60 years. if they continue to do so at the same rate, they’ll have fallen to 6.7 MtCO2 by 2032.
    Whilst still being one of the countries with the highest emissions, the UK has seen its emissions fall in the last 60 years, from 545.9 MtCO2 in 1959 to 370.1 MtCO2 in 2019.
    The countries with the biggest emissions increase 

    Rank

    Country

    1959 emissions (MtCO2)

    2019 emissions (MtCO2)

    Annual change

    Estimated 2032 emissions (MtCO2)

    1

    Saudi Arabia

    3.7

    582.6

    8.66%

    1,238.8

    2

    Thailand

    3.7

    289.5

    7.43%

    568.9

    3

    Malaysia

    3.7

    249.2

    7.16%

    481.1
    Saudi Arabia’s emissions grew by  578.9 MtCO2 over the last 60 years, and the annual change is estimated at 8.66%. This increase is expected given the country’s role as the leader in the world’s petroleum industry.
    Thailand Increased its emissions by 285.8 MtCO2 since 1959, so it could hit 568.9 MtCO2 by 2032. It is largely due to the simultaneous economy and population growth that the country experienced over the last 60 years.
    Malaysia Increased its emissions by 245.5 MtCO2, meaning it could hit 481.1 MtCO2 by 2032.
    Further findings: 
    The countries with the lowest estimated 2032 emissions:
    • As well as being the country that has cut its emissions the most since 1959, Curaçao is also the nation that has the lowest predicted emissions by 2032, at just 2.8 MtCO2.

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo is at the second-lowest estimated emissions, reaching 3.7 MtCO2 by 2032. The DRC is also home to the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, which acts as a carbon sink.

    • Moldova has the third-lowest estimated emissions for 2032, with 6.7 MtCO2.

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    Stuart O'Brien

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