Human Impact on Energy

How much energy does the UK use?


Do you watch how much you throw away? Keep track of your CO2 emissions? Have an eye on your energy usage? It all contributes to your energy impact on the world – see how the UK compares to other countries and globally based on our analysis of the world’s most environmentally friendly nations.


The map below highlights the breakdown of the different measurements that make up the average individual human impact in each country including energy consumption, air pollution and reliance on non-renewable energy.

Human impact

Sources & Methodology

Green Energy (% of total energy)
On a national scale, this is an easy-to-grasp concept for seeing how committed a country is to trying to be greener, or how far it has progressed into renewable energy.

Energy Consumption (Btu/capita/year)
Set alongside the % of energy that’s green, on an interactive map this will help to show how much non-renewable energy each person uses each year – it adds personal value and gives the Green Energy metric a more personal slant – “how much non-renewable energy am I wasting?”

CO2 Emissions (GDP/PPP)
Production of this greenhouse gas is a straightforward way to see how much each country is damaging the environment around them. This is separated from Air Pollution in order to demonstrate a contribution to global damage, whereas Air Pollution is a more localised problem.

Municipal Solid Waste (kg/capita/day)
The amount of rubbish produced by each person per day. Useful as a personal piece of information – readers can consider how much rubbish they produce each day and see whether they’re more efficient than the rest of their country, or the rest of the world.

Wastewater Treated (% of wastewater produced)
The amount of wastewater dumped without treatment affects the seas and oceans – it’s an ideal ocean metric to accompany how much we’re damaging the land in the form of Municipal Solid Waste produced, and the amount of Air Pollution ruining the atmosphere.

Air Pollution (PM2.5 Average Exposure (µg/m3))
A more localised metric compared to CO2 emissions. Rather than assessing damage to the atmosphere, it tracks the air quality in a national setting and accordingly how many small particles are getting into the lungs of humans and animals alike.

Fish Stocks
The effect of fish farming and catching is useful as a way of tracking the extent of human effect on the animal population in the oceans. It’s more valuable than land farming as it covers accidental catching of over-exploited species and damage to the ecosystem.

Tree Cover Loss
Measures the reduction in tree cover between 2000 and 2014 by country. As a metric it shows the effect of human actions as much as it does the direct statistical response to foresting, but also accommodates any attempts to reforest during this time.

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