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Iraq

TOTAL POPULATION

35 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

168,400 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

2,593,200 kt Middle East and North Africa, YEAR 2014

“To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2035 from a business as usual scenario.”

PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

For several decades now, the Middle East and especially Iraq, has been enduring a severe water crisis. The climate crisis this region is facing has been pointed as one of the main drivers of the Arab Springs and the Syrian Civil War. 

Desertification in the west of the country is rampant. The desert accounts for about a third of the country’s territory and progressing. The historically low levels of rivers, reservoirs and lakes in Iraq has put additional pressures on slow-to-recharge aquifers. Not only is their access harder, but the overstretching of this resource has caused an increased salinity of soils and a sharp drop in the fertility of lands. 

The situation is dire and has already amounted to violent conflict and disenfranchisement. The entire Middle-Eastern region needs to ramp up its climate resilience because the problem is not going away. As one of the leaders in oil production, it will take a long effort to transition from a fossil-powered economy to a sustainable one. Almost 90% of its total GHG emissions come from the sector of fossil fuel extraction. 

Iraq, one of the places of invention of agriculture, can barely provide for its own population. If it cannot have food security and export its grain, the entire region will suffer from it. Land-use change in Iraq has become a net carbon sink, meaning that the land is being used more for sustainable purposes than it is being developed for carbon-intensive activities.

Iraq has taken an ambitious stance regarding the Paris Agreement targets. Only 3% are conditioned by foreign aid despite their clear need for reconstruction. Iraq is an ambitious country with the will to achieve large and fast change. With the right help (yours), they will flourish once again. 

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DATA INSIGHTS

Iraq is an upper-middle-income country according to the World Bank classification.  To get a sense of Iraq’s position in the fight against climate change, it is vital to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Iraq’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Iraq Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Iraq’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


Between 1990 and 2008, Iraq witnessed a sharp increase in its emissions of 38%. Overall and despite the long years of conflict, Iraq’s emissions have increased by 56% between 1990 and 2012.


The energy sector is responsible for the largest share (92%) of Iraq’s emissions, mainly driven by fugitive emissions from the extraction and distribution of fossil fuels. A high dependence on fossil fuel heat and electricity production (accounting for over 97% of Iraq’s energy supply in 2014) has also driven energy-related emissions. As such, Iraq has the opportunity to curb emissions by transitioning into renewable technologies and start to progressively wither away from pricier and less efficient oil fields. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)

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Iraq Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Iraq’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

Iraq Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the full line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


Between 1990 and 2008, Iraq witnessed a sharp increase in its emissions of 38%. Overall and despite the long years of conflict, Iraq’s emissions have increased by 56% between 1990 and 2012.


The energy sector is responsible for the largest share (92%) of Iraq’s emissions, mainly driven by fugitive emissions from the extraction and distribution of fossil fuels. A high dependence on fossil fuel heat and electricity production (accounting for over 97% of Iraq’s energy supply in 2014) has also driven energy-related emissions. As such, Iraq has the opportunity to curb emissions by transitioning into renewable technologies and start to progressively wither away from pricier and less efficient oil fields. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)

Iraq Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Iraq’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


Iraq is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change and a low level of adaptation. Iraq’s food sector show the highest vulnerability to climate change. Cereal yields for staple crops such as rice, wheat and maize are forecasted to decline significantly; water resources like groundwater levels are under threat leading to longer drought periods and thereby paralysing the agriculture capacity and food security of the country. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys.

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Iraq Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Iraq’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Iraq Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


Iraq is categorised as a country with high vulnerability to climate change and a low level of adaptation. Iraq’s food sector show the highest vulnerability to climate change. Cereal yields for staple crops such as rice, wheat and maize are forecasted to decline significantly; water resources like groundwater levels are under threat leading to longer drought periods and thereby paralysing the agriculture capacity and food security of the country. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys.

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