The impact of c02 emissions

The impact
of c02 emissions

What Are The Top Contributors of CO2 Emission?

top contributors to co2 emissions

Many different circumstances contribute towards the expenditure of CO2 into the Earth’s atmosphere. Read below for some of the top contributors to CO2 emissions which impact our environment.


Garbage trucks are the third highest fuel consumers, using approximately 10,000 gallons annually. A refuse truck that travels 25,000 miles annually using conventional diesel emits roughly 100 metric tons of eCO2, while CNG-powered vehicles are known to generate emissions above that level.

solid waste

As of 2021, the world generated over 2.01 billion tons of municipal solid waste annually. At least 33% of that waste was not managed in an environmentally safe manner. By the year 2050, the world is expected to produce up to 3.4 billion tons.

Human Contributions

The average US citizen generates around 4.4 pounds of trash each day. That’s almost twice the global average, around 2.6 pounds each day. This equates to 4% of the world’s population generating 12% of the total trash production.

LANDFill gas

Landfill gas is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills. Landfill gas is composed of roughly 50% methane (the primary component of natural gas), 50% carbon dioxide and a small amount of non-methane organic compounds.


The transportation sector is the largest contributor to emissions generating 27% of greenhouse gas emissions primarily from burning fossil fuels in cars, trucks, ships, trains, and planes.

Electricity Generation

Energy production of all types accounts for 72% of all emissions. Using electricity affects the environment because much of the electricity we use comes from burning fossil fuels. Combusting fossil fuels emits carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.

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