Record Surge: Energy CO2 Emissions Peak in 2023, IEA Reports

The International Energy Agency (IEA) said global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions hit a record high last year, driven partly by increased fossil fuel use in countries where droughts hampered hydropower production.

Steep cuts in CO2 emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels, will be needed in the coming years if targets to limit a global rise in temperatures and prevent runaway climate change are to be met, scientists have said.

The IEA mentions in its report that “far from falling rapidly—as is required to meet the global climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement—CO2 emissions reached a new record high.”

Global emissions from energy rose by 410 million tonnes, or 1.1%, in 2023 to 37.4 billion tonnes, the IEA analysis showed. Read More

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