EU’s CO2 emissions cuts pale in comparison to China’s monstrous growth

Posted on June 13, 2011 by

BP’s 60 annual review of energy has brought out a number of interesting facts

  • Last year saw the largest surge in energy demand in the last 40 years.
  • There is record renewable energy production, hydroelectric energy use has increased by 6.5 per cent.
  • The fossil fuel consumption has surged to the highest level ever. Petroleum was up 7.4 per cent and coal, which still accounts for 30 per cent of all energy consumption, was up 7.6 per cent.
  • Over the last decade, China has doubled its energy use, becoming the largest energy user in the world, with 20.3 per cent. Almost half of China’s energy comes from coal.

CO2 emissions reached record levels in 2010, having grown by 5.8 per cent over 2009 to 33.16 billion tonnes. China’s contribution to this is 8.33 billion tonnes. BP’s figure is slightly higher than International Energy Agency (IEA) CO2 emission estimates of around 30 billion tonnes.

European Environment Agency published a data last month, accounting for the emissions of 15 EU members that are party to Kyoto Protocol. The emissions from these countries have fallen by 6.9 per cent in 2009. This may not be a very encouraging news in comparion with the the gigantic growth number of of China.

China is also the largest producer of cement, which contributes around 5 per cent of anthropogenic CO2 emission, because of calcination. Cement production also uses a lot of coal-produced energy in China.


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