Higher demand pushed energy-related emissions to historic high in 2018: IEA


Higher demand pushed energy-related emissions to historic high in 2018: IEA

Driven by higher energy demand in 2018, global energy-related CO2 emissions rose 1.7 per cent to a historic high of 33.1 Giga Tonne of CO2, according to International Energy Agency’s 2018 Global Energy and CO2 status report. It added coal-fired power generation continued to be the single largest emitter, accounting for 30 per cent of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.

“While emissions from all fossil fuels increased, the power sector accounted for nearly two-thirds of emissions growth. Coal use in power alone surpassed 10 Gt CO2, mostly in Asia. China, India, and the United States accounted for 85% of the net increase in emissions, while emissions declined for Germany, Japan, Mexico, France and the United Kingdom,” IEA said in its report.

Global energy consumption grew 2.3 per cent in 2018, nearly twice the average rate of growth since 2010, driven by a robust global economy as well as higher heating and cooling needs in some parts of the world. Read More

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