Energy snapshot

Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 1980-2016

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy.

Global emissions from the energy sector stood at 32.1 gigatonnes last year, the same as the previous two years, while the global economy grew 3.1%, according to estimates from the IEA. Carbon dioxide emissions declined in the United States and China, the world’s two-largest energy users and emitters, and were stable in Europe, offsetting increases in most of the rest of the world. The biggest drop came from the United States, where carbon dioxide emissions fell 3%, or 160 million tonnes, while the economy grew by 1.6%.

Source: IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

17 March 2017

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