Global CO2 Emissions From Electric Power Industry Exceed Pre-Pandemic Level

According to the latest report from research organization Ember, global carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity sector were 5% higher in the first half of 2021 than those recorded before the pandemic. Calculations were made based on monthly information from more than 60 countries that account for 87% of global energy consumption.

Greenhouse gas emissions were driven by 5% increase in electricity demand since 2019 that also led to an increase in the use of coal-fired generation.

The United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union and several other countries have managed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from pre-pandemic levels but mainly due to containment of demand. China, Bangladesh, India, Mongolia, Pakistan, Vietnam, as well as Kazakhstan (in the republic, CO2 emissions in the power sector increased by about 8% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period of 2019).