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    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Growth W/O Greenhouse Gases

    Decoupling of global emissions and economic growth confirmed; IEA analysis shows energy-related emissions of CO2 stalled for the second year in a row as renewable energy surged

    16 March 2016 (International Energy Agency)

    “Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row [while the global economy continued to grow]…Global emissions of carbon dioxide stood at 32.1 billion tonnes in 2015, having remained essentially flat since 2013….[E]lectricity generated by renewables played a critical role, having accounted for around 90% of new electricity generation in 2015; wind alone produced more than half of new electricity generation. In parallel, the global economy continued to grow by more than 3%, offering further evidence that the link between economic growth and emissions growth is weakening…In the more than 40 years in which the IEA has been providing information on CO2emissions, there have been only four periods in which emissions stood still or fell compared to the previous year. Three of those – the early 1980s, 1992 and 2009 – were associated with global economic weakness. But the recent stall in emissions comes amid economic expansion: according to the International Monetary Fund, global GDP grew by 3.4% in 2014 and 3.1% in 2015…The two largest emitters, China and the United States, both registered a decline in energy-related CO2 in 2015…” click here for more

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