Carbon Emissions Set to Stagnate or Decline This Year
According to the BBC, global carbon dioxide emissions are likely to see a stagnation or slight decline this year. This, according to researchers, is the first time this has happened while the global economy has continued its growth.
Scientists report that this reduction in emissions is due to the reduced use of coal in China, in addition to a faster uptake of renewables.
However, this stall is expected to be temporary. Scientists have made clear that as emerging economies grow again, emissions will again increase.
A study published in the journal “Nature Climate Change” and presented at COP21 in Paris outlines that emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and industry are likely to have fallen 0.6% in 2015. In 2014, they actually increased by that same amount.
Since 2000, there has been an annual increase of 2-3% in global emissions, the downturn occurring while the global economy experienced a growth of 3% in both 2014 and 2015.
The report also outlined the fact that China continued to be the world’s leader in emissions, accounting for 27% of the world’s total. India however, emerged as the fourth greatest emitter of in 2014, its emissions matching those of China’s in 1990.
India’s 2014 growth was offset by a similar decline in the European Union. This was due to the EU’s unusually warm winter, coupled with a sustained long-term reduction in carbon output.
While the study has highlighted that researchers are concerned with this rapid growth in Indian emissions, the scientists involved believe the slowdown in emissions could present a glimpse of what we can expect in future.
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