Carbon emissions to soar in 2021 by second highest rate in history

The Guardian, IEA

May 17, 2021

The IEA reported that CO2 emissions are expected to show the second largest annual growth rate in history as the economy, which had been stagnant due to Covid-19, recovers.

The IEA reported that CO2 emissions are expected to show the second largest annual growth rate in history as the economy, which had been stagnant due to Covid-19, recovers. Emissions are increasing across the region because demand for all fossil fuels is increasing significantly in 2021.


An executive director of the IEA compared the surge in emissions in 2010 after countries tried to revitalize the economy through cheap fossil fuel energy. The reduction in emissions due to lockdown after the outbreak of Covid-19 was significant. But at the end of the year, it showed a recovery, and the increase in 2021 is likely to reverse most of the last year's decline due to Covid-19. As power demand increases, emissions are expected to increase remarkably due to the increased use of coal for power supply.


This IEA report says people should be more alert about CO2 emissions. Each country will make efforts to revitalize the economy, which will be accompanied by an increase in carbon dioxide emissions. Globally, if emissions reductions are not implemented quickly, a more serious situation could be faced in 2022.


A stagnant economy must be recovered, but we must realize that the resulting carbon dioxide emissions could be serious. Therefore, we suggest the "FORCE" which does not affect the economic recovery but also can reduce CO2 emissions.


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