China and UK lead record falls in global carbon intensity

Global carbon intensity fell by a record 2.8% in 2015 on the back of reduced coal use in some emerging economies, with China first and the UK second in PwC’s ranking of the G20 countries’ carbon intensity

Global carbon intensity fell by a record 2.8% in 2015 on the back of reduced coal use in some emerging economies, with China first and the UK second in PwC’s ranking of the G20 countries’ carbon intensity.

China attained first place with falling coal use and rapid growth in less carbon-intensive services achieving an annual 6.4% carbon intensity reduction. The country consumes half of global coal output, so its reduction in carbon intensity makes a sizeable contribution to the global decarbonisation rate, which more than doubled compared to the business as usual average in 2015, the report noted.

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