Greenhouse gas emissions per capita (t2020_rd300)

ESMS Indicator Profile (ESMS-IP)

Compiling agency: Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union


Eurostat metadata
Reference metadata
1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Relevance
4. Statistical Indicator
5. Frequency and Timeliness of dissemination
6. Coverage and comparability
7. Accessibility and clarity
8. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)
Eurostat Quality Profile
4.5. Source data

ESS (UNFCCC reporting)

Note that Eurostat is not the producer of these data, only re-publishes them.

5.1. Frequency of dissemination Every year
5.2. Timeliness T+2 years
6.1. Reference area All EU MS
6.2. Comparability - geographical All EU MS
6.3. Coverage - Time > 10 years
6.4. Comparability - over time > 4 data points

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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

1.2. Contact organisation unit

Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development

1.5. Contact mail address

2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

e-mail contact: ESTAT-RESOURCE-EFFICIENCY@ec.europa.eu


2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 22/10/2018
2.2. Metadata last posted 08/07/2019
2.3. Metadata last update 16/07/2020


3. Relevance Top

The indicator is part of the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard. It is used to monitor progress towards a resource efficient Europe (i.e. the implementation of the Europe 2020 Resource Efficient Flagship initiative), complementing the lead indicator on the area of carbon.

The Energy Union supports the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy to achieve sustainable growth through their legal frameworks and related initiatives (see above under sustainable development goal n°7). Relevant legislations have been proposed to support these policies. Most importantly, the European Council has agreed on three key targets for the year 2030: at least 40% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions (from 1990 levels), at least 27% share for renewable energy and at least 27% improvement in energy efficiency. The European Commission has proposed to increase the energy efficiency target to 30%.

With transport being one of the key sectors to meet the EU’s commitments under the Paris agreement, the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility makes an important contribution to reducing GHG emissions in this sector. Furthermore, the EU plans on Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation to facilitate the clean energy transition through targeted research and innovation.


4. Statistical Indicator Top
4.1. Data description

The indicator measures total national emissions of the so called ‘Kyoto basket’ of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and the so-called F-gases (hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, nitrogen triflouride (NF3) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)). Using each gas’ individual global warming potential (GWP), they are being integrated into a single indicator expressed in units of CO2 equivalents. Emissions data are submitted annually by the EU Member States as part of the reporting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The average population of the reference year (calculated as the arithmetic mean of the population on 1st January of two consecutive years) is used as denominator (per capita).

The indicator does not include emissions and removals related to land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF); it does not include emissions reported as a memorandum item according to UNFCCC Guidelines but does include emissions from international aviation as well as indirect CO2 emissions.

4.2. Unit of measure

Tonnes of CO2 equivalent per capita.

4.3. Reference Period

Calendar year.

4.4. Accuracy - overall

Indicator from non-ESS source. For assessment of accuracy please refer to the original source (see link to external data source and metadata in "Annexes").

4.5. Source data

ESS (UNFCCC reporting)

Note that Eurostat is not the producer of these data, only re-publishes them.

Data source: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Data provider: European Environment Agency based on data from covered countries. Greenhouse gas emissions. National emissions reported to the UNFCCC and to the EU Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Mechanism, EEA greenhouse gas - data viewer

Eurostat, Population change - Demographic balance and crude rates at national level (demo_gind) and Greenhouse gas emissions by source sector (source: EEA) (env_air_gge).


5. Frequency and Timeliness of dissemination Top
5.1. Frequency of dissemination

Every year

Indicator is updated annually.

5.2. Timeliness

T+2 years

New data points are disseminated within two years after the reference year.


6. Coverage and comparability Top
6.1. Reference area

All EU MS

Data are presented for all EU Member States plus the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

The EU aggregate is also available.

6.2. Comparability - geographical

All EU MS

Data comparable between all EU Member States.

6.3. Coverage - Time

> 10 years

Presented time series (including EU aggregates) starts in 2000.

6.4. Comparability - over time

> 4 data points

Length of comparable time series without methodological break is longer than 4 data points.


7. Accessibility and clarity Top
7.1. Dissemination format - Publications

Reports on the indicators of the Resource Efficiency Scoreboard

Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe

Eurostat, Statistics Explained: Greenhouse gas emission statistics - emission inventories

7.2. Dissemination format - online database

See table t2020_rd300

7.3. Dissemination format - other

Eurostat dedicated section on Europe 2020 - Resource Efficient Europe

All data underpinning the Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventories and inventory reports are available from the EEA website as Annexes to the report.


8. Comment Top

Copyrights:
Eurostat Copyright/License Policy is applicable.


Related metadata Top
demo_gind_esms - Population change - Demographic balance and crude rates at national level
env_air_gge_esms - Greenhouse gas emissions by source sector (source: EEA)


Annexes Top
IPCC guidelines
Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990–2018 and inventory report 2020 (published by EEA)
EEA greenhouse gas - data viewer
National emissions reported to the UNFCCC and to the EU Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Mechanism