China now no. 1 in CO2 emissions: USA in second position

19-06-2007 | Persbericht

Cement clinker production large CO2 source in China

The use of fossil fuels and industrial processes are the dominant man-made sources of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the most important greenhouse gas emitted because of human activity. Of all industrial processes, cement clinker production is the largest source of CO2. It contributes around 4% to the total of CO2 emissions from fuel use and industrial activities, globally. China has a large share in global cement production (about 44% in 2006) and nationally their share in CO2 emissions is almost 9% (550 megatonne out of a total of about 6200 megatonne of CO2).

China, USA & EU

In 2006, the total of China’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels increased by 9%. In the USA in 2006, emissions decreased by 1.4%, compared to 2005. In the European Union countries (the ‘EU 15’) in that same year, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels remained more or less constant; in 2005 there was a decrease by 0.8%, according to a recent report by the EEA compiling data from the member states.