Global energy-related CO2 emissions flatlined in 2019

FuturENERGY February 2020

Despite widespread expectations of another increase, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stopped growing in 2019, according to last IEA data. After two years of growth, global energy-related CO2 emissions were unchanged at 33 Gt in 2019 even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%. This was primarily due to a sharp decline in CO2 emissions from electricity generation in advanced economies, thanks to the expanding role of renewable sources (mainly wind and solar), fuel switching from coal to natural gas and higher nuclear power generation. Other factors included milder weather in several countries and slower economic growth in some emerging markets…