This post is by Tessa Di Grandi from Visual Capitalist
The Biggest Carbon Emitters, By Sector
It’s no secret that greenhouse gas emissions need to decrease drastically in order to fight the effects of climate change.
As countries across the globe ramp up efforts to reduce global warming, every industry needs to do its part. So who’s lagging and who’s leading?
Although often less discussed, the manufacturing and construction sector is a large contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.
The above graphic from Northstar Clean Technologies takes a look at the biggest contributors by sector in relation to greenhouse gas emissions.
Breakdown Of Emissions
The manufacturing and construction sector is a growing one, and as population and infrastructure expand, it’s vital that we take all actionable paths to reduce emissions.
Manufacturing and construction contributed to 6.3 billion tonnes of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. Let’s look at the breakdown of greenhouse gas emissions by sector over the years from Our World In Data.
In 2019 electricity and heat were the biggest carbon emitters, while transport came in second place.
Manufacturing and construction overtook the agriculture sector in 2007 to become the third largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions.
Building a Solution
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