Climate – Record CO2 emissions in the energy sector

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SentMarch 8, 2022 at 16:38

Energy, the leading greenhouse gas producing sector, saw its emissions increase 6% in 2021 due to the global economic recovery and increased coal use.

A coal-fired heating complex in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, 15 November 2019.

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CO2 emissions from the energy sector soared to an all-time high last year, driven by the global economic recovery and growing reliance on coal, the International Energy Agency for energy (IEA) said on Tuesday.

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In a press release, the IEA said that energy, the leading sector producing greenhouse gases, increased its emissions by 6% to 36.3 gigatons in 2021, the “highest ever”.

However, energy-related CO2 emissions fell unprecedentedly between 2020 and 2021 (-5.2%) due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. But at +6%, an unprecedented one-year recovery against the backdrop of accelerated economic recovery.

worse than 2019

This volume of emissions, which surpassed the previous 2019 record, was also largely driven by weather conditions as well as the gas price boom that has pushed many countries to turn to coal despite unprecedented growth in renewable capacities.

Coal is responsible for 40% of this growth and has a historical level of 15.3 billion tons of CO2. Gas also exceeded the 2019 level with 7.5 billion tons. On the other hand, oil is 10.7 billion tons below pre-pandemic levels, as transportation, and especially aviation, has not yet fully resumed.

(AFP)

Source From: Google News

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