The coal power emissions per capita in Germany is double the global average

Australia is the worst coal power emitter by far with per-person emissions five times greater than the global average

12 November 2021

A new analysis released by the climate and energy think tank Ember revealed that the world’s richest countries, known as G20, are among the worst coal power emitters when adjusted for population size. The report was presented on Thursday at the COP26 climate summit where the question of historical responsibility was raised once again by developing countries.

The analysis examines the period since the Paris agreement was signed (2015-2020) and shows that Australia has the highest per capita emissions from coal power at around 5,34 tons of CO2 each year. This is five times greater than the global average of 1,06 tonnes of CO2. China, which is by far the first in the emissions chart in terms of absolute values, ranks just fifth among the G20 countries, at 2,71 tones of CO2 per year.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has the sixth-highest emissions per capita in the G20 from coal power generation, slightly below China. A person in Germany emits 2,37 tonnes of CO2 annually, twice as much as an average person in the EU. For comparison purposes, in France, the EU’s second-largest economy, an average person emits just 0,12 tons of CO2 from coal power, far less than the European average.