An Increase in CO2 Emissions - Report Reveals

HIGHLIGHTING the need for greater effort to reduce energy waste and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions comes the latest figures from the Global Carbon Project.

After a flattening of CO2 emissions over the last couple of years the climate is again heating up, focussing the minds of those at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Prompting calls for further and drastic action on emissions, including improving energy efficiency.

The new research published today reveals that global CO2 emissions, a key contributor to climate change, are forecast to have risen again this year after nearly three years of flat emission figures.

Dr. Glen Peters of the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo, who led one of the studies, stated: “The return to growth in global emissions in 2017 is largely due to growth in Chinese emissions, projected to grow by 3.5% in 2017 after two years with declining emissions.

"The use of coal, the main fuel source in China, may rise by 3% due to stronger growth in industrial production and lower hydro-power generation due to less rainfall.”

CO2 emissions from industrial sources and fossil fuel use are predicted to rise by about 2% worldwide as the IMF reckon GDP will rise by 3.6%. But the U.S. and European Union emissions are still declining, but at a slower rate than in recent years.

The research did report some positive news, reporting a growth of 14% in renewable energy each year over the past five years.  

Stanford scientist Rob Jackson who chairs the Global Carbon Project, which led the studies, said: "The federal government (US) can slow the development of renewables and low-carbon technologies, but it can't stop it.

“That transition is being driven by the low cost of new renewable infrastructure, and it's being driven by new consumer preferences.”

Despite this positive, lead researcher Corinne Le Quéré, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, warned that the return of increasing emissions is very disappointing. 

The report underlines the importance of energy saving and ongoing improvements in energy efficiency to control the need for energy, to cut waste and CO2 emissions.

Monday 13th November 2017

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