Tag Archives: Energy

Mekko chart showing processing of municipal waste in select countries

The Mekko or Marimekko chart below shows how much municipal waste different countries produce and how they process it. The width of each column is proportional to the total amount of waste produced. Within each column, the segments indicate how the waste is processed.

Germany recycles 65% of their waste and none of it ever goes to a landfill. USA produces the most refuse with over half of it sent to landfills. The data was provided by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Wikipedia.

Mekko chart showing processing of municipal waste

Mekko chart showing generation and processing of municipal waste in select countries

This chart was built using PowerPoint Mac and the Aploris add-in.

Area chart showing US energy consumption over the last 50 years

The area chart below shows US energy consumption by source between 1960 and 2014. Unlike the line chart, the area chart shows the cumulative impact allowing the reader to better ascertain the contribution of each source to the total energy consumption.  While renewable energy sources have grown rapidly in recent years, fossil fuel still dominates US consumption.

Area chart of US energy consumption by source

Area chart showing US energy consumption by source since 1960

This chart was built on a Mac using Aploris and PowerPoint for Mac 2016. Aploris for Mac supports a large variety of business charts including Mekko, Gantt, and bubble charts.