EU major contributor to global CO2 emissions flattening in 2019

A drop in carbon emissions from energy in the European Union was the largest contributor to the flattening of global energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019, figures show.

According to the latest data published by the International Energy Agency (IEA), CO2 emissions from the energy sector remained stable at 33 gigatonnes (Gt) last year, after two years of increases. 

This was due to a decline across advanced countries, where the economy grew by 1.7% but total energy-related CO2 fell by 3.2%. 

In the EU, energy-related emissions fell by 160 million tonnes (5%) reaching 2.9Gt. The power sector alone recorded a decline of 120Mt thanks to the switch from coal to natural gas and an increase in renewables, the agency says. 

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