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Methane Emissions 2020

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Methane Emissions by Country 2024

Methane has been a significant area of focus as there has been a push to get greenhouse gas emissions under control. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of methane emissions that come from a variety of areas. For example, the energy industry is responsible for a lot of methane emissions. This includes the oil and gas sector. The commercial industry is also a significant producer of methane emissions. This includes factories. The agricultural industry is also a very big emitter of methane. Methane is produced when crops are grown. Finally, waste management activities are also responsible for a lot of methane emissions. This includes sewer and sanitation systems, which are responsible for dealing with human waste.

Which Country Is Responsible for the Most Methane Emissions?

China is the biggest producer of methane gas in the world. China also has a larger population than any other country on Earth, so it is important to take this into account as well. In 2018, China was responsible for the production of more than 1.2 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is how methane gas is measured. Unfortunately, China is also not taking a lot of steps to reduce its methane gas emissions. Instead, trying to take the stance that it is being punished for trying to develop its economy. It has also pushed back on other countries that have been emitting methane gas for much longer than itself.

Does the United States Emit a Lot of Methane Gas?

Even though China produces a lot of methane gas, the United States is not innocent. The United States also produces a lot of methane gas every year. Even though the United States has taken steps to try to reduce its methane gas emissions, it is still one of the biggest producers of methane gas in the world. Of course, the United States is also one of the largest countries on Earth, but more steps need to be taken to reduce methane gas emissions, particularly given the myriad of concerns surrounding climate change. Some of the other countries that emit a lot of methane gas include Canada and Russia.

What Can Be Done To Reduce Methane Gas Emissions?

There are a few steps that can be taken to reduce methane gas emissions. For example, it is critical for countries to take a look at where the majority of their methane gases are coming from and look for alternative sources of energy. As an example, there has been a major push to rely on wind, water, and solar power to try to reduce the amount of methane gas that is being produced. A lot of people are also advocating for the use of nuclear energy. It is a completely clean, renewable source of energy, but a lot of people are also concerned about the possibility of a nuclear disaster. It will be interesting to see if steps are taken to reduce the production of methane gas.

  • Emissions are expressed in kilotons of CO2 equivalent for the year 2019.

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Country
Methane Emissions 2020 (Kt of CO2 Equivalent)
Methane Emissions 2019 (Kt of CO2 Equivalent)
China1,186,2851,176,139
United States748,241744,509
India697,655656,655
Russia617,227684,296
Brazil449,214431,067
Indonesia333,995280,954
Iran174,642213,683
Pakistan169,428162,761
Nigeria151,060135,840
Mexico143,481138,801
Australia131,485126,073
Argentina131,036128,800
Turkmenistan124,81980,476
Saudi Arabia102,631110,249
Canada100,143101,697
Venezuela97,594119,235
Ethiopia94,64684,143
Bangladesh88,90492,650
Algeria86,54492,345
Iraq85,917134,690
Vietnam79,61980,482
Colombia77,15676,840
Thailand75,89370,185
South Africa72,21380,128
Myanmar72,11073,046
Kazakhstan69,74948,895
Philippines65,72264,735
Egypt64,40375,129
Chad59,43952,718
France58,45159,656
United Arab Emirates56,94549,801
Sudan55,88755,375
Uzbekistan53,60253,984
Turkey50,44548,524
United Kingdom50,41650,115
Germany46,91848,713
Tanzania46,48743,636
Italy43,88944,353
Spain39,70339,277
Kenya37,60236,840
Malaysia37,17636,807
DR Congo35,68434,926
Angola32,70335,088
South Sudan32,38630,172
Ukraine32,31832,680
New Zealand32,24232,522
Peru31,68032,513
Qatar30,70821,453
Paraguay30,10729,173
Poland29,54028,999
Niger28,57927,259
Ecuador27,46027,167
Bolivia26,59828,361
Japan25,78327,382
Libya24,03363,353
Nepal23,64423,555
Mali23,07022,962
Kuwait22,64124,708
South Korea21,99022,701
Uganda21,17923,984
Uruguay20,39420,741
Oman19,83920,243
Madagascar19,02215,951
Somalia18,75217,981
Mongolia18,15918,792
North Korea18,14518,081
Cambodia17,83618,204
Cameroon17,79815,549
Bahrain17,64117,409
Belarus17,07917,018
Guinea16,81316,253
Romania16,45916,761
Mozambique16,25517,539
Afghanistan16,22216,375
Syria15,96417,037
Azerbaijan15,73314,665
Zambia15,44915,619
Burkina Faso15,40815,845
Ireland15,25315,462
Netherlands15,20115,536
Czech Republic12,38212,436
Zimbabwe12,06112,551
Morocco12,03012,160
Ghana11,84810,895
Chile11,79611,589
Senegal11,76311,272
Serbia11,73511,538
Portugal11,38311,349
Papua New Guinea10,85510,865
Guatemala10,59810,390
Yemen10,54210,608
Cuba10,37711,146
Central African Republic10,1099,505
Republic of the Congo9,9579,258
Israel9,8019,742
Nicaragua9,5859,423
Greece9,4069,341
Dominican Republic9,2439,307
Sri Lanka8,3788,215
Laos8,0117,564
Ivory Coast7,9807,231
Belgium7,9748,079
Denmark7,7797,780
Honduras7,7417,666
Gabon7,4525,871
Bulgaria6,9806,837
Hungary6,9566,996
Mauritania6,8977,005
Austria6,8636,918
Jordan6,6786,711
Trinidad and Tobago6,6677,007
Tunisia6,6546,869
Tajikistan5,5215,662
Namibia5,3363,791
Haiti5,2045,281
Georgia5,1335,191
Panama5,0474,958
Switzerland4,9755,042
Kyrgyzstan4,8654,797
Timor Leste4,7955,014
Sweden4,7924,771
Equatorial Guinea4,7785,665
Costa Rica4,6504,690
Finland4,5064,640
Malawi4,3903,952
Singapore4,3484,252
Norway4,3434,544
Benin4,0303,913
Croatia3,6693,679
Bosnia and Herzegovina3,6613,657
Sierra Leone3,5913,711
Lebanon3,4593,414
Botswana3,4342,018
Moldova3,2873,343
El Salvador3,2693,479
Togo3,0402,808
Lithuania2,9983,033
Albania2,6922,848
Rwanda2,6811,879
North Macedonia2,3702,349
Barbados2,3602,352
Armenia2,3202,323
Grenada2,0472,038
Mauritius1,9741,952
Latvia1,9531,980
Guyana1,8471,812
Slovenia1,6971,727
Brunei1,5391,590
Suriname1,4161,417
Gambia1,3461,301
Eswatini1,3261,327
Guinea Bissau1,2611,294
Burundi1,2581,353
Eritrea1,0973,680
Estonia1,0971,106
Lesotho9991,044
Jamaica826785
Montenegro783784
Cyprus750744
Djibouti660656
Luxembourg556559
Iceland515527
Belize514526
Bhutan452473
Fiji444448
Solomon Islands416411
Vanuatu374507
Liberia339374
Saint Lucia273271
Samoa267311
Comoros237267
Malta228220
Bahamas223216
Antigua and Barbuda205202
Maldives138133
Seychelles9594
Cape Verde9390
Tonga9292
Saint Kitts and Nevis8281
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines6868
Andorra5453
Micronesia5353
Dominica4444
Marshall Islands3232
Kiribati2323
Palau2019
Sao Tome and Principe1211
Tuvalu1212
Nauru44
Liechtenstein33
Total8,252,3088,238,215
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What country emits the most methane?

With 1.2 billion metric tons of emissions, China is the country that emits the most methane in the world.

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