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CO2 emissions set to record highs in 2022

Carbon dioxide emissions will reach record levels in 2022 due to increased consumption of coal, oil and gas, as well as due to the recovery of the global economy after the pandemic. This is reported in the report of the organization Global Carbon Project.

According to the study, CO2 emissions will increase by 1% and amount to 37.5 billion tons. The largest increase was recorded in the United States and India, where economic activity and the scale of air travel recovered most quickly after the restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Scientists drew attention to the fact that this year, for the first time since 2016, there was a decrease in emissions by 0.9% in China, the largest consumer of coal, in connection with the authorities’ strict “zero tolerance” policy for COVID-19.

The increase in coal consumption in the EU countries was offset by a reduction in the use of natural gas after the restriction of supplies from Russia, the authors of the report say. CO2 emissions in the countries of the community in 2022 decreased by 0.8%.

Total emissions need to be reduced by 1.4 billion tons annually to reach net zero by 2050”, said University of East Anglia professor Corinne Le Quere. “This is comparable to the figure that countries reached in 2020 as a result of the joint efforts of governments to combat the coronavirus pandemic.” she added.

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