Carbon footprints - the European perspective

Every person living in Europe emits an average of 8.6 t of greenhouse gases (so-called CO2-equivalents) per year. 

In a country-by-country view, Luxembourg is in the pole position with 20.5 t per head. This is by far the largest emissions footprint per capita in Europe.

The following graph provides all the annual European carbon footprints per person. Here you find your country's specific carbon footprint per person. If you want to live fully climate neutral, you can offset this specific amount of emissions here.  

GHG Emissions per capita in Europe

Source: Statista 2021

At 8.6 t, each European citizen is almost 2 times higher than the global average emissions of 4.9 t per capita

Where should my carbon footprint be in 2050?

Since the Paris Climate Agreement from 2015, the goal for each and every one of us can be named very precisely. We have to cut from 8.6 t CO2-equivalents (as of today) in Europe to less than 1 t per person and year by 2050. A long way still to go!

In order to achieve this goal, we all must contribute to it. In particular, we need an effective policy framework. But at the same time, we must lead the way as responsible citizens. Each single one of us.

It is often easier than you think to reduce your own carbon footprint. In the internet you can find many country-specific carbon footprint calculators. I.e. for Germans, the footprint calculator of the Federal Environment Agency is a good instrument to keep track of your individual footprint. 

After analyzing your own carbon footprint and reducing it, the last step towards a climate neutral lifestyle is to offset your remaining carbon footprint.