Greenhouse emissions stabilise

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says that greenhouse gas emissions have been kept level for a second year running, due to a reduction in the use of coal in China and the US and also because of a worldwide shift towards renewable energy.

Preliminary data for 2015 shows that carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector levelled off at 32.1 billion tonnes, even as the global economy grew by over 3%.

Electricity generated by renewable sources accounted for around 90% of new electricity generation in 2015, and wind power produced more than half of all new electricity generation.

“The new figures confirm last year’s surprising but welcome news: we now have seen two straight years of greenhouse gas emissions decoupling from economic growth.

Coming just a few months after the landmark COP21 agreement in Paris, this is yet another boost to the global fight against climate change” said IEA director, Fatih Birol.