CO2 emissions flat for third straight year as GDP grows

CO2 emissions flat for third straight year as GDP grows

The IEA said the stabilisation of carbon dioxide emissions 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.

Energy sector emissions of 32.1 gigatons were unchanged from 2015 and 2014 even though the global economy grew by 3.1 percent, the IEA estimated.

The German Government - set to receive G20 Presidency later this year - commissioned the first ever collaborative report between the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), to examine the economic costs and benefits of transitioning to a low-carbon future.

The declines are also a sign that market dynamics and tech advancements are having a impact, and are helping separate economic growth from energy emissions, according to Birol.

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The United States actually managed to decrease its emissions by 3%, or around 160 million tonnes, while the country's economy grew by 1.6% (though try telling Donald Trump that). The largest declines in Carbon dioxide emissions were experience by the United States and China, two of the world's largest energy users and emitters, while emissions in Europe were stable, thus offsetting increasing emissions from the rest of the world. "This is especially true in the United States, where abundant shale gas supplies have become a cheap power source". Coal demand fell worldwide but the drop was "particularly sharp" in the United States, the agency said, down 11% previous year. Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector.

Renewable energy now accounts for 24% of global power generation and 16% of primary energy supply.

New nuclear power plants were turned on in China, the United States, South Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan in 2016 with China leading the way with an additional five reactors that increased nuclear power generation there by 25 percent, the IEA said. Given this economic growth, demand for electricity grew 5.4%, two-thirds of which were supplied by renewable energy such as wind and hydro-electric, alongside nuclear. Both agencies, the IEA and IRENA, were asked to prepare reports outlining scenarios that would keep global average temperature increases below 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), compared with preindustrial times in advance of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue meeting being held in Berlin, Germany March 19-23, 2017.

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