Carbon Dioxide rising again after fall in 2020: Carbon Dioxide emissions across the world are on the rise after an unprecedented fall last year.
The largest annunal percentage decline since World War II, is stated in the latest report from International Energy Agency (IEA) which estimates global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions fell by 5.8% in 2020.
The study finds the equivalent of removing all of the European Union’s emissions from the global total of around two million tonnes less carbon dioxide were emitted last year.
It is suggests that carbon dioxide emission started to rebound towards the end of the year so by December, global emissions were 2% higher than they were in the same month a year earlier the report found.
China was the only major economy that saw an increase in annual carbon dioxide emissions, which rose to 0.8% above 2019 levels, this equals an additional 75 million tonnes whereas most economies recorded a 5% to 10% decline in 2020.
India also rose above 2019 levels in September as economic activity increased and restrictions were relaxed noted the IEA.
After hitting the lowest levels in April and May, the US began to bounce back, the 2020 data shows that the US fell overall by 10%.
“The rebound in global carbon emissions toward the end of last year is a stark warning that not enough is being done to accelerate clean energy transitions worldwide.” said Dr Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director.
“If governments don’t move quickly with the right energy policies, this could put at risk the world’s historic opportunity to make 2019 the definitive peak in global emissions.”
“This year is pivotal for international climate action and it began with high hopes but these latest numbers are a sharp reminder of the immense challenge we face in rapidly transforming the global energy system.”
Carbon Dioxide rising again after fall in 2020