Global CO2 emissions stopped increasing in 2019

carbon dioxide Emissions from electricity production in the world has remained unchanged in 2019 after two years of growth, said the International energy Agency (IEA).

Despite expectations of a further increase in global carbon dioxide emissions are energy related, last year remained at the level of 33 gigatons, while the world economy grew by 2.9%.

Last year’s stabilization associated mainly with reduced emissions from electricity production in the advanced economies. This is due to the increasing role of renewable energy, switching from coal to natural gas and increase production of nuclear energy. In addition, the role played by the mild weather conditions in some countries and slower economic growth in some emerging markets.

“Now we need to work hard to 2019 remembered as the final peak global emissions, not just another pause in growth”, — said the head of the IEA, Fatih Birol.

In the U.S. last year, recorded the most significant reductions in the size of the country at 140 million tons, or 2.9%.

In the European Union emissions decreased by 160 million tons, or 5%. EU leaders at the end of 2019 pledged to achieve climate neutrality by eliminating net carbon emissions by mid-century.

In Japan, the emissions have decreased by 45 million tons, or approximately 4%, the fastest rate since 2009. This contributed to the restart of nuclear reactors in the country.

CO2 Emissions in the rest of the world in 2019 increased by almost 400 million tons. Almost 80% of this growth has occurred in Asia, where production of electricity by coal has continued to grow.