Malaysian release est. 63.25 tonnes of CO2 per day!!!

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is set to get windfall gains of up to RM16mil per day based on yesterday’s crude oil price of US$44 (RM158.40) per barrel and a consumption estimate of 27.5 million litres per day .

Source:The Star

06 Dec 2008

27.5 Million litres of petrol is consume by Malaysian per day. 27.5 Million per day!! I’ve done some digging through the net and made some calculation based on what I found.

CO2 emissions

1 litre: 2.331kg of CO2
1 US gallon: 8.824kg of CO2

1 litre: 2.772kg of CO2
1 US gallon: 10.493kg of CO2

Crude oil:
1 barrel: 317kg of CO2 (min.)

1 tonne of CO2 is:

429 litres / 113.33 gal of petrol*
360.75 litres / 95.3 gal of diesel
3.15 barrels of crude oil

* less than 8 fills of an average-sized car with a 55 litre tank


Based on the inputs above, we can estimates that Malaysian produce about 63.25 tonnes of CO2 per day; 23 387.375 per year!!!

We haven’t taken into account yet, the usage/waste/inefficiency use of electricity by Malaysian.

You might wondering how much is a tonne of CO2??

But what is a ton of CO2?

People keep saying to me, I thought CO2 is a gas. How can a gas have weight? I explain that CO2 is made up of atoms, and atoms have mass, and with gravity mass has weight. As often as not, my explanation is met with a blank stare. So let me try a different tack.

Picture a football field, and then imagine a round balloon with one end lined up on the goal line and the other on the 10 yards line – that is, a balloon with a diameter of 10 yards. If that balloon were filled with CO2, it would weigh about 1 ton; it would be a 1-ton CO2 balloon.
How can we help??
  • use public transportation – yeah I know they sucks! But hey it isn’t all that bad. You get to see cute chicks while you waiting for the train to arrive (n_n)
  • car pooling
  • cycling to work

Anyone want to add more??


  1. Chibu Loh

    I found this interesting info from a Malaysian website,

    “Did you know that by converting at least 10% of our daily lifestyle consumption to organic can make a big impact on the environment? Here’s an excerpt from the US company, Mountain Rose Herbs, a well-respected green business who are well-known for their passion and advocacy for organic and green lifestyle. They urged the US consumers to use at least 10% organic for a better world. They argue that by converting at least 10% of the daily consumption of food, fiber and cosmetic purchases the Americans will;

    Eliminate pesticides from 98 million daily U.S. servings of drinking water.

    Assure 20 million daily servings of milk that are produced without antibiotics & genetically modified growth hormones.

    Assure 53 million daily servings of pesticide-free fruit and vegetables. (Enough for 10 million kids to have five daily servings.)

    Eliminate use of growth hormones, genetically engineered drugs and feeds, and 2.5 million pounds of antibiotics used on livestock annually. (More than twice the amount of antibiotics used to treat human infections.)

    Assure that 915 million animals are treated more humanely.

    Fight climate change by capturing an additional 6.5 billion pounds of carbon in soil. (That’s the equivalent of taking 2 million cars, each averaging 12,000 miles per year, off the road.)

    Eliminate 2.9 billion barrels of imported oil annually. (Equal to 406,000 Olympic eight-lane competition pools.)

    Restore 25,800 square miles of degraded soils to rich, highly productive cropland. (An amount of land equal to the size of West Virginia.)

    Think about this…Think what happen to Malaysia if we incorporate at least 10% organic in our lifestyle consumption…As consumers, we have the power to make a difference…As producers and suppliers, we can make a BIG difference.”

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