Global greenhouse gas emissions set to drop nearly 8% this year, the largest fall ever


Throughout history, many major world events have been causing significant drops in global energy demand. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is expected to fall by 6 percent. This fall has been, by far, the biggest shock to the global energy system in seven decades.

The projections of International Energy Agency (IEA) show that the demand for coal could fall by an extraordinary 8 percent this year. Consequently, the emission of greenhouse gases that lead to climate change will also decrease by almost 8 percent. This would be the largest annual decrease ever recorded.

Air quality has been improved by reduced traffic from COVID-19 restrictions. The San Gabriel Mountains are seen under a clear sky beyond downtown Los Angeles.  CTTO

The IEA warns that emissions might rebound once the economy recovers, unless countries focus on promoting clean energy. “The [Earth] needs structural emissions reductions driven by better policies,” tweeted Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director.

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