Total CO2 Emissions in Zambia: primary contributors and correlation with GDP

Zambia, with a population of 17.86 million and an urban population of 7.87 million, accounting for 44.07% of the total, has produced 7.676 million tons of CO2 in 2022. This translates to a per capita CO2 emissions of 0.394 tons, indicating that each person generates approximately 0.4 tons of CO2 annually.

To gauge the impact of economic activity on CO2 emissions, it is useful to examine the Carbon Intensity of GDP. In the case of Zambia, the Carbon Intensity of GDP is 0.332 kg of CO2 per International dollar of economic output produced.

This figure is lower than that of both the USA (0.3 kg) and China (0.57 kg), suggesting that Zambia’s economic activity is relatively less carbon-intensive.

Zambia Total CO2 emissions by source

How much do coal, oil, gas, cement and flaring contribute to CO2 emissions in Zambia?

In 2022, Zambia’s total CO2 emissions reached 7,676,180 metric tons, with coal and oil being the primary contributors. Coal emissions accounted for 2,463,629 metric tons, while oil emissions amounted to 4,251,568 metric tons.

Notably, there were no emissions from gas or flaring.

These figures underscore the significant role of coal and oil in Zambia’s economy and their correlation with CO2 emissions.

Furthermore, it is crucial to analyze the correlation between these emissions and Zambia’s GDP to gain a comprehensive understanding of their impact on the country’s economic development.

What fraction of world fossil co2 emissions does Zambia accounts?

Zambia is the 119th largest emitter of CO2 in the world. It represents 0.021% of global CO2 emissions.

CO2 emissions from Coal

In Zambia, carbon usage resulted in the production of 2,463,629 tons of CO2, accounting for 32.09% of the total CO2 emissions.

CO2 emissions from cement in Zambia

In Zambia, cement usage contributed to the production of 960,983 tons of CO2, representing 5.04% of the total CO2 emissions.

CO2 emissions from oil in Zambia

In Zambia, the utilization of oil has led to the production of 4,251,568 tons of CO2, accounting for 55.39% of the total CO2 emissions.


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