With 3.9 tons, China's per capita CO2
emissions are still relatively low. But the country's rapid economic
development and short-sighted infrastructure policy, which is
favoring private cars and seriously neglecting public mass
transport, will fairly soon make China a large per-capita CO2 emitter.
China's per capita CO2 emissions have already surpassed Brazil's,
Mexico's and Indonesia's and are more than three times higher than
China's total CO2 emissions of 5.1 billion metric tons
in 2005 are comparable to the total CO2 emissions all European countries
combined and will soon surpass the
total emission amount of the United States of America, which was
estimated at 5.8 billion tons in 2005.
China's urban agglomerations are suffocating under the massive increase of road traffic. Beijing, for
instance, is building one high-way ring after the other - instead of
massively expanding mass transportation, such as the subway network.
Beijing's current subway network is far shorter than that of major
Western capitals, such as London or New York.
The chart also reveals the ridiculously
large per-capita CO2 emissions of the United
States of America. There is no reason, other than wasteful practices
and sub-standard technology, for the United States, Australia or
Canada to emit about twice as much CO2 per
capita than the average European country, Japan or the Republic of
Particularly the very low standards of housing insulation and
heating, ridiculously low gas mileage of cars and the low level of
public transport contribute to the high per-capita energy
consumption of the United States of America.