Lifestyle, location, commuting, traveling are some factors that can greatly impact carbon emissions used on an individual level. However, some estimates can provide a general idea of the carbon footprint of Americans.
According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American generates about 16.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per year. This includes emissions from transportation, electricity generation, heating and cooling, and other sources.
The United States is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, after China. In 2018, the United States emitted about 5.4 billion metric tons of CO2e, or about 15% of global emissions. This is equivalent to about 16.4 metric tons per person.
Americans have a higher average carbon footprint compared to most other countries. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States will require a transition to clean energy, efficient transportation, and other measures.