Global Emission Grew As Economies Recover

Posted on September 30, 2011 by


On 21 September, the European Commission’s Joint Research Center released a report where they indicated that global emission had grown by 5.8% in 2010 which is a 45% increase over the 1990 levels. This was particularly disheartening considering the fact that global emissions for the past 3 years had grown by 1.7% and that the long term average growth in emission was 1.9%. The emissions are justified by the growing demands for energy from emerging economies like China and India which also lead the pack with 10% and 9% increase respectively.

In contrast to this, the report also indicated that industrialized countries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol were emitting 7.5% less CO2 in the same year as against their 1990 levels. However, this is a general statement as most of the reduction had been done by the European Union along with Russia while there has been an increase in the US and a stabilization in Japan.

The report substantiates this growth to the economic recovery from the previous financial crisis that brought down global emissions to a meager 1% in 2009. The absolute global emission now stands at 33 billion tons.

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