Iceland comes top for per capita CO2 emissions

Iceland had the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide of all EU and EFTA economies, the island nation’s statistics office said this week

Iceland had the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide of all EU and EFTA economies, the island nation’s statistics office said this week, with air traffic and metal production the main culprits.

The country ranked third or fourth from 2008 to 2014, but its emissions rose from 13.3 to 16.9 tonnes per capita between 2012 and 2016, due primarily to increased marine and air traffic. Moreover, the latest data, from 2016, does not take into account the operation of silicon metal furnaces, which only began operating that year.

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