Pakistan - Methane emissions in energy sector (thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalent)

The value for Methane emissions in energy sector (thousand metric tons of CO2 equivalent) in Pakistan was 37,956.25 as of 2008. As the graph below shows, over the past 39 years this indicator reached a maximum value of 37,956.25 in 2008 and a minimum value of 0.00 in 1969.

Definition: Methane emissions from energy processes are emissions from the production, handling, transmission, and combustion of fossil fuels and biofuels.

Source: European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)/Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR):

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Year Value
1969 0.00
1970 5,591.88
1971 5,698.08
1972 5,541.31
1973 5,895.25
1974 6,324.73
1975 6,684.19
1976 6,900.70
1977 7,285.47
1978 7,787.20
1979 8,412.62
1980 9,267.23
1981 9,942.33
1982 10,337.57
1983 10,929.34
1984 11,103.05
1985 11,711.78
1986 12,397.24
1987 14,000.94
1988 14,935.54
1989 14,798.31
1990 15,371.91
1991 16,234.06
1992 16,936.43
1993 17,845.03
1994 18,434.75
1995 19,261.81
1996 20,192.70
1997 20,773.17
1998 21,686.84
1999 22,814.12
2000 24,641.15
2001 26,301.06
2002 27,373.72
2003 30,104.10
2004 32,386.07
2005 34,073.82
2006 35,129.78
2007 37,002.85
2008 37,956.25

Development Relevance: The addition of man-made greenhouse gases to the Atmosphere disturbs the earth's radiative balance. This is leading to an increase in the earth's surface temperature and to related effects on climate, sea level rise and world agriculture. Emissions of CO2 are from burning oil, coal and gas for energy use, burning wood and waste materials, and from industrial processes such as cement production. Emission intensity is the average emission rate of a given pollutant from a given source relative to the intensity of a specific activity. Emission intensities are also used to compare the environmental impact of different fuels or activities. The related terms - emission factor and carbon intensity - are often used interchangeably. The carbon dioxide emissions of a country are only an indicator of one greenhouse gas. For a more complete idea of how a country influences climate change, gases such as methane and nitrous oxide should be taken into account. This is particularly important in agricultural economies. The environmental effects of carbon dioxide are of significant interest. Carbon dioxide (CO2) makes up the largest share of the greenhouse gases contributing to global warming and climate change. Converting all other greenhouse gases (methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)) to carbon dioxide (or CO2) equivalents makes it possible to compare them and to determine their individual and total contributions to global warming. The Kyoto Protocol, an environmental agreement adopted in 1997 by many of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is working towards curbing CO2 emissions globally.

Limitations and Exceptions: National reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidelines is based on national emission inventories and covers all sources of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions as well as carbon sinks (such as forests). To estimate emissions, the countries that are Parties to the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) use complex, state-of-the-art methodologies recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: IPCC category 1 = Energy. Expressed in CO2 equivalent using the GWP100 metric of the Second Assessment Report of IPCC and include CH4 (GWP100=21). Methane emissions are those stemming from human activities such as agriculture and from industrial methane production. The emissions are usually expressed in carbon dioxide equivalents using the global warming potential, which allows the effective contributions of different gases to be compared. A kilogram of methane is 21 times as effective at trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere as a kilogram of carbon dioxide within 100 years. The unit of measurement is kt (kiloton) of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Aggregation method: Sum

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Environment Indicators

Sub-Topic: Emissions