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Visualizations: CO2 Emissions

The map below shows carbon emissions per state in 2016. An interactive version of the map for the years 2000 to 2016 is available here. Below the map you will find details on how to generate the data for this map.

Choropleth map of the US indicating the level of carbon emissions 2016 
            per US state with different shades of grey


The map is based on data in the WiNDC core database. Follow these steps to generate the data:

  1. Download and run the WiNDC build stream to create the WiNDC core database, WiNDCdatabase.gdx.
  2. Use the disaggregation and recalibration routines of the energy-environment module (blueNOTE) to generate the energy-environment databases for the years 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. You should have five GDX files named WiNDC_cal_20xx_bluenote.gdx, where xx denotes the respective year.
  3. The relevant parameters in the GDX files are resco2 (residential CO2 emissions) and secco2 (sectoral CO2 emissions). Extract the values of these parameters from the GDX files. Note that the units for the emissions are millions of metric tons.
  4. Sum the residential and sectoral emissions over all industry sectors and all emissions sources (coal, gas and oil) and visualize with your favorite visualization tool.