The graph below shows average carbon dioxide (C02) emissions per person in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Portugal between 1967 and 2007.

Cambridge IELTS 11 Writing Test 3 Task 1

Writing Task 1


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows average carbon dioxide (C02) emissions per person in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Portugal between 1967 and 2007.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.




CO2 Emissions in UK, Sweden, Italy, Portugal (1967 - 2007)

IELTS 11 Task 1 Writing Answer

The graph depicts the average amount of CO2 emissions produced per capita for four countries, the UK, Sweden, Italy and Portugal, over a forty-year period between 1967 and 2007.

Notably, the UK and Sweden, which were the two countries with the highest levels of CO2 emissions in 1967, steadily reduced their level of emissions over the period and by 2007 produced considerably less than in 1967.

In contrast with this, Italy and Portugal produced considerably less CO2 emissions than the UK and Sweden in 1967, but since then the levels of CO2 emissions per capita in each country steadily increased until 1997. In the case of Italy, its level of CO2 emissions remained constant from 1997 to 2007, while that of Portugal increased only marginally between 1997 and 2007.

Overall, the graph demonstrates that Sweden was the most successful country in reducing its level of CO2 emissions per capita than the other three countries over the period in question.


How would you answer this IELTS Task 1 question about average CO2 levels in different countries?





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