The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that in 2020, U.S. motor gasoline and diesel (distillate) fuel consumption in the U.S. transportation sector resulted in the emission of about 948 million metric tons (MMmt) of carbon dioxide (CO2) and 428 MMmt of CO2, respectively, for a total of 1,376 MMmt of CO2. This total was equal to about 84% of total U.S. transportation sector CO2 emissions and to about 30% of total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions in 2020.1
Under international agreement, CO2 emissions from the combustion of biomass or biofuels are not included in national greenhouse gas emissions inventories.2 Therefore, estimates for the CO2 emissions that result from consumption (combustion) of biofuels are not included in EIA’s estimates of U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions.
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Historical U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions by source (fuel type) and sector
Historical data on U.S. ethanol and biodiesel production and consumption (Tables 10.3 and 10.4)
Last updated: May 3, 2021