The countries that consume the most electricity

Thursday 03 November 2016

As world leaders head to Marrakech this month for the latest climate summit (COP22), the twin issues of energy consumption and CO2 emissions will once again take centre stage.

The two subjects are, of course, inextricably linked: carbon-belching fossil fuels are the source of much of the world’s energy, and are contributing to runaway climate change.

But which countries are the biggest gluttons for energy?

Well, the answer might surprise you. According to data compiled by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Iceland uses more electricity per capita than any other nation on Earth, followed by Norway and Bahrain. The UK is 40th in the standings.

The top 10 countries that use the most electricity per capita

Iceland
Norway
Bahrain
Qatar
Canada
Kuwait
Finland
Luxembourg
Sweden
United States


Iceland needs more electricity per capita than any other country - but that doesn't mean it's not eco-friendly.

The IEA data suggests Haiti uses the least amount of electricity, followed by South Sudan and Niger (it's worth noting that data isn’t available for all countries, including Afghanistan, Laos and various nations in sub-Saharan Africa).

Countries that use the least electricity per capita are.....

Haiti
South Sudan
Niger
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Benin
Tanzania
Democratic Republic of Congo
Nepal
Nicaragua

But that’s just part of the story. High electricity consumption doesn’t necessarily mean high C02 production: some of the biggest consumers of electricity are also some of the biggest producers of green energy.

Take Iceland, for example, which, as well as being a voracious consumer of electricity, is also one of the world’s leading producers of geothermal energy, meaning much of its electricity comes from renewable sources.

So which country is the biggest offender? Well, Qatar belches out more CO2 per capita than anywhere else, followed by Curacao and Latvia. The UK sits 41st, which is poor when you consider that some of our European neighbours are at the cleaner end of the list.

Countries that belch out the most CO2 per capita

Qatar
Curacao
Latvia
Bahrain
United Arab Emirates
Trinidad and Tobago
Malaysia
Saudi Arabia
Guatemala
United States

At teh other end of the scale, Denmark is the clear leader when it comes to keeping its emissions down; it produces less CO2 per capita than anywhere else on Earth, followed by Finland and Nigeria.

Countries that belch out the least CO2 per capita are....

Denmark
Finland
Nigeria
Estonia
South Sudan
Myanmar
Tanzania
Zambia
Netherlands
Togo 

This article appeared on www.telegraph.co.uk

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