dataset : EIA Total Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Consumption

U.S. Energy Information Administration


EIA Total Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Consumption

Greenhouse gases are those gases—such as water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride—that are transparent to solar (short‐wave) radiation but opaque to long‐wave (infrared) radiation, thus preventing long‐wave radiant energy from leaving Earth's atmosphere. The net effect is a trapping of absorbed radiation and a tendency to warm the planet's surface. Energy‐related carbon dioxide emissions account for about 98% of U.S. CO2 emissions. The vast majority of CO2 emissions come from fossil fuel combustion, with smaller amounts from the non‐combustion use of fossil fuels, as well as from electricity generation using geothermal energy and non‐biomass waste. Other sources of CO2 emissions include industrial processes, such as cement and limestone production. Data in the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Monthly Energy Review (MER) Tables 12.1–12.6 are estimates for U.S. CO2 emissions from energy consumption, plus the non‐combustion use of fossil fuels (excluded are estimates for CO2 emissions from biomass energy consumption, which appear in MER Table 12.7)


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