After a historic decline last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CO2 emissions from the energy sector have already rebounded sharply, warns the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Tuesday.
After reaching a low point in April, global emissions rebounded strongly and rose above their level of 2019 in December,
” underlines the IEA.
Emissions from the energy sector were thus 2% - or 60 million tonnes - last December above their level in December 2019.
The rebound in CO2 emissions around the world at the end of last year is a serious warning that we have not done enough to accelerate the transition to clean energy across the world,
" the director warned. IEA Executive, Fatih Birol.
If the economic rebound expected this year is confirmed - and in the absence of major political change among the largest economies on the planet - then global emissions will probably increase in 2021
", he stressed.
Energy emissions overall fell 5.8% last year, or almost 2 billion tonnes of CO2, the largest drop in human history, according to the latest figures from the 'IEA contained in a special report.
The IEA had previously mentioned an even steeper drop, of around 7%.
Most of the decline was caused by reduced use of oil for road transport and aviation.
With the resumption of travel and economic activities, oil consumption and its associated emissions are on the rise,
" says the IEA.
The overall figure for 2020 also masks a strong disparity between countries: China's emissions increased by 0.8% in 2020 with a rapid recovery in activity, while they fell by 10% in the United States. .