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Low Growth in Global Carbon Emissions Continues for Third Successive Year

Low Growth in Global Carbon Emissions Continues for Third Successive YearBased on data recently released by researchers from the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia (UEA), global efforts to curb carbon emissions have led to a third consecutive year of low growth.  Between 2010 and 2013, global carbon emissions grew at an average rate of 2.3 percent per year.  In 2014, that number was down to 0.7 percent growth.  In 2015, there was no growth and this year, UEA researchers estimate global carbon emissions will rise only 0.2 percent.

Professor Corinne Le Quere, the researcher leading the data analysis, had mixed feelings about her team’s findings.  On one hand, she argued that the reduction of carbon emissions was all the more impressive during a timeframe in which the global economy grew 3 percent.  At the same time, she argues that it is not enough to slow carbon emissions.  “This is a great help for tackling climate change but it is not enough.  Global emissions now need to decrease rapidly, not just stop growing,” argued Le Quere.

China, the world’s leading producer of carbon emissions, was also the nation making the most strident efforts to curb output.  After a decade of 5 percent increases, China’s output has grown only 0.6 over the last two years.  In the US, emissions dropped 2.6 percent.  The drop-off is being attributed to the declining use of fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy sources like solar and wind.  

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Global efforts to reduce carbon emissions appear to be making a difference.  To see how your organization can play a part by leveraging renewable energy at your facilities, check out ConEdison Solutions here

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