Ghana, with a population of 30,792,608 and an urban population of 17,249,054, accounting for approximately 56.02% of the total, has produced 21,312,801 tons of CO2 in 2022. This translates to a per capita CO2 emissions of 0.65 tons, indicating that each person generates around 0.65 tons of CO2 annually.
To assess the impact of Ghana’s economic activity on CO2 emissions, it is essential to consider the Carbon Intensity of GDP. This metric measures the amount of CO2 emissions in kilograms per International dollar ($USD) of economic output produced.
For Ghana, the Carbon Intensity of GDP is 0.32 kg of CO2 per dollar, which is lower than both the USA (0.3 kg) and China (0.57 kg).
These figures highlight Ghana’s relatively lower carbon footprint compared to larger economies like China and the USA. However, it is crucial for Ghana to continue implementing sustainable practices to further reduce its CO2 emissions and contribute to global efforts in combating climate change.
Ghana Total CO2 emissions by source
How much do coal, oil, gas, cement and flaring contribute to CO2 emissions in Ghana?
In 2022, Ghana’s total CO2 emissions reached 21,312,801 metric tons. The primary sources of these emissions were oil, accounting for 13,113,984 metric tons, and gas, contributing 4,751,163 metric tons.
Cement and flaring made smaller contributions, with 2,321,083 metric tons and 1,126,571 metric tons respectively.
Notably, coal did not contribute to Ghana’s carbon footprint.
These figures highlight the significant role of oil and gas in Ghana’s economy and their correlation with CO2 emissions.
What fraction of world fossil co2 emissions does Ghana accounts?
Ghana is the 86th largest emitter of CO2 in the world. It represents 0.057% of global CO2 emissions.
CO2 emissions from coal in Ghana
In Ghana, gas usage resulted in the production of 4,751,163 tons of CO2, accounting for 22.29% of the total CO2 emissions.
CO2 emissions from cement in Ghana
In Ghana, cement usage resulted in the production of 2,321,083 tons of CO2, accounting for 4.51% of the total CO2 emissions.
CO2 emissions from flaring in Ghana
In Ghana, the utilization of flaring has led to the production of 1,126,571 tons of CO2, accounting for 1.12% of the total CO2 emissions.
CO2 emissions from oil in Ghana
In Ghana, oil usage resulted in the production of 8,084,448 tons of CO2, accounting for 61.53% of the total CO2 emissions.