Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 – IEA

Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 - IEA
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Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 – IEA

On March 1st, Reuters reported that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy sources reached an all-time high in the previous year globally. This surge was attributed in part to heightened fossil fuel consumption in regions experiencing droughts, which hindered hydropower production, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Scientists emphasize that significant reductions in CO2 emissions, primarily from fossil fuel combustion, will be imperative in the upcoming years to achieve targets aimed at curbing global temperature increases and averting catastrophic climate change.

Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 - IEA
Global energy-related CO2 emissions hit record high in 2023 – IEA

Global Carbon Emissions Surge to Record Levels

In a report released on March 1st by Reuters, it was revealed that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy sources reached unprecedented levels worldwide last year. The International Energy Agency (IEA) attributed this alarming increase partly to heightened fossil fuel consumption in regions plagued by droughts, leading to a disruption in hydropower production. The surge in CO2 emissions underscores the urgent need for substantial reductions in the burning of fossil fuels. Scientists emphasize that such measures are crucial in the coming years to meet targets aimed at limiting global temperature rises and mitigating the threats of runaway climate change.

Impact of Extreme Droughts on Emissions

The International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed that approximately 40% of the rise in emissions, equivalent to 170 million tonnes of CO2, was attributed to efforts to compensate for lost hydropower generation caused by severe droughts. According to the IEA, if not for this factor, emissions from the global electricity sector would have actually decreased in 2023.

Decline in US Emissions

The report highlights that energy-related emissions in the United States decreased by 4.1%, primarily driven by reductions in the electricity sector.

Reduction in EU Emissions

Within the European Union, emissions from energy witnessed a significant decline of nearly 9% in the previous year. This decline was primarily fueled by a notable increase in renewable power generation, coupled with a substantial decrease in both coal and gas power generation.

Increase in Chinese Emissions

Contrastingly, in China, emissions from energy experienced a rise of 5.2%, reflecting a surge in energy demand as the nation recovered from COVID-19-related lockdowns, according to the report.

Despite this increase, China played a pivotal role in global efforts towards renewable energy adoption. The IEA noted that China contributed approximately 60% of the global additions of solar, wind power, and electric vehicles in 2023, showcasing its commitment to sustainable energy initiatives.

 

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