Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 25 per cent from 1990 to 2005, the highest amount of any G8 nation, according to government figures released Tuesday.

Canada has only about 0.5 per cent of the world’s population but contributes about 2 per cent of global emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide that are linked to climate change, according to Statistics Canada.

Energy use for transportation and oil and gas production in areas such as Alberta’s oilsands were largely responsible for the rise, which would have been worse had it not been for increased industrial efficiency, the report said.

Canada’s population also increased by about 16 per cent over the same period, so on a per-capita basis the country’s greenhouse gases were up only about 8 per cent. The economy also grew by about 30 per cent in the period.