New rise in global CO2 emissions in 2018

At the end of October, in Cracow (Poland), the Environment ministers of 35 countries took part in the preparatory meeting for COP 24 planned for 2 to 14 December next in Katowice.

On this occasion, Fatih Birol – director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned the international community that the CO2 emissions in the energy sector were expected to attain a new record in 2018. In point of fact the forecasts for CO2 emissions linked to the combustion of fossil-based energies (gas, coal, petroleum), calculated over the first 9 months of the year, show this is on the rise again after three years of stagnation. This finding is all the more alarming in that an IPCC report announced at the beginning of October that emissions were expected to drop 45% by 2030 in relation to their 2010 level and remain below 1.5°C of warming, already a source of big impacts.

Sources: Sciences et Avenir and Les Echos