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What are U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by source and sector?

Total U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were 5,171 million metric tons in 2016.

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by source and sector for the United States, 2016 (million metric tons)
 ResidentialCommercialIndustrialTransportationElectric powerSource total
Coal0211001,2411,354
Natural gas241172487395461,485
Petroleum6661
3311,840212,320
Other1    1212
Electricity26906674594  
Sector total9989021,3881,8831,8215,171

1 Emissions from combustion of waste materials derived from petroleum and from some types of geothermal power plants.
2 Electricity-related CO2 emissions based on electricity use for each sector and electric power emissions.
Sum of data in columns and rows may not equal the totals because of independent rounding.
Source: Monthly Energy Review, April 2017, preliminary data 

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Last updated: May 16, 2017


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