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CO2 emissions South Africa 2020

South Africa reduced CO2 emissions

In South Africa, CO2 emissions during 2020 have fallen 32.772 megatons, 7% compared to 2019.

CO2 emissions in 2020 were 435.127 megatons, making South Africa is among the countries that pollute the most in the ranking of countries for CO2 emissions, made up of 184 countries, in which the countries are ranked from least to most pollutant.

In addition to its total emissions of CO2 into the atmospher, which logically depend, among other variables, on the country's population, it is convenient to analyze the behavior of its emissions per inhabitant. In the table we see that per capita CO2 emissions in South Africa, have decreased in 2020, in which they have been 7.41 tons per inhabitant.

Finally, it is interesting to observe the behavior f CO2 emissions per 1000 dollars of GDP, which measures, for the same country, the "environmental efficiency" with which it is produced over time. In the last period, South Africa, has emitted 0.64 kilos for every $ 1,000 of GDP, the same as in 2019.

In the table we can see the evolution of CO2 emissions, which have decreased since 2010, as have per capita emissions and as well as CO2 emissions per $ 1,000 of GDP.

Total carbon dioxide emissions have also decreased compared to 2015, although per capita emissions have increased in this period.

Click on the following link to see the ranking of CO2 emissions by countries and in the Economy of South Africa to see all the information we publish about South Africa.


South Africa - CO2 emission
DateCO2 Total MtCO2 Kg/1000 $CO2 Tons per capita
2020435.1270.647.41
2019467.8990.648.06
2018458.9610.638.00
2017460.8690.648.13
2016456.8170.648.16
2015456.8500.648.26
2014481.1960.688.82
2013469.3410.688.73
2012457.8440.688.64
2011441.7970.678.45
2010460.4350.728.93
2009455.1550.748.93
2008485.7940.779.64
2007457.8170.759.18
2006439.0260.768.89
2005434.6400.798.90
2004424.0390.828.79
2003393.0890.798.25
2002369.7670.777.86
2001356.3860.767.68
2000346.6030.767.58
1999339.9480.787.54
1998356.7170.848.04
1997350.4970.838.03
1996335.5450.817.82
1995324.2660.827.70
1994307.7200.807.47
1993300.8260.817.46
1992299.0060.817.60
1991305.5470.817.95
1990313.6680.838.35
1989301.7588.21
1988305.0428.48
1987301.4538.56
1986285.4118.28
1985287.7298.53
1984283.0788.59
1983265.4728.26
1982263.3178.40
1981256.7928.41
1980243.1468.17
1979228.8667.89
1978223.3277.89
1977245.3508.89
1976245.6019.13
1975231.2088.82
1974215.2308.43
1973208.3798.39
1972191.2127.92
1971184.5587.86
1970185.6408.13
South Africa - CO2 emission