JRC finds global fossil CO2 emissions increased in 2017
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a report providing the CO2 emissions trends for all countries across the globe from 1970 until 2017. According to the report, global anthropogenic fossil CO2 emissions increased by 1.2% in 2017 compared to the previous year, reaching 37.1 gigatonnes (Gt) CO2. The 0.43 GT increase corresponds to the total yearly CO2 emissions of Poland and Czech Republic put together.
In the EU, strong economic performance resulted in a slight increase of CO2 emissions (1.1%). The report points out that in 2017, the EU's CO2 emissions were 19.5% lower than in 1990, and 16.5% (or 3.5 GT) lower than in 2005. There have been strong reductions in the industry, power and buildings sectors, but an increase in the transport sector. Per capita emissions in the EU are now below those of China and half of those in the US. The CO2 intensity of the EU economy is around a third below the US and around two thirds below China.
On 28 November 2018, the European Commission (EC) proposed a strategy for Europe to become the world's first major economy to become climate neutral by 2050.
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