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Export emissions interactive tool
The export emissions tool displays the emissions produced from the fossil fuels exported from Australia, Norway, Canada and the USA. The tool shows exported CO2-e. The tool allows the user to view the exported emissions produced by fuel, year and country. The tool also has a ‘responsibility bar’ that allows the user to attribute responsibility for emissions based on how much responsibility they think the exporting country should have. For a discussion of this issue see the article ‘The Morality of Exports’.
How it Works: Under the Paris Agreement states are only responsible for the emissions that are produced within their territorial boundaries. Their ‘scope 1+2’ emissions. However, states plausibly must take some responsibility for the contribution that their exported ‘scope 3’ emissions make to climate change. By moving the responsibility bar below between 0-100% we can see what a state’s contribution to climate change is depending on how much responsibility you think they ought to have for their exported emissions.
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500 Megatonne CO2-e
500000 Tonne CO2-e
*Exported carbon dioxide equivalent
- australian emissions
- Over time: 1970 - 2019
- Compared with other nations
- Paris target emissions
- Compared to global annual emissions