Carbon (CO2) emissions will increase by nearly five percent this year (1.5 billion tonnes more than in 2020). This will be the second largest growth in history, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
This is a “dire omen” of impending threats to the climate and the environment from a rapid economic recovery, experts say. About 80 percent of the emission reductions that occurred in 2020 will be offset. Then they decreased by 1.2 percent, or by 400 million tons to the level of 2019.
The main factor behind the growth of harmful emissions will be the demand for coal. The IEA predicts it will increase 4.5 percent this year, approaching its 2014 peak. Analysts see this as a big risk. If governments don’t start cutting emissions, the world will face a worsening situation in 2022, they note. Global energy demand is expected to grow by 4.6 percent in 2021, but oil demand will remain below the 2019 peak.
Earlier it was reported that the Russian authorities have found a potential alternative to traditional gas and coal. As Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said, the matter concerns the use of hydrogen. According to him, this is important for the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.