Global CO2 emissions from power sector fell 2% last year - study
(Reuters, 9 Mar 2020) The fall in emissions - the biggest since at least 1990 - was due to reduced coal usage in Europe and the United States
Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the power sector fell by 2% last year, the biggest fall since at least 1990, owing to reduced coal usage in Europe and the United States, a study showed on Monday.
Coal-fired power generation fell by 3% globally, also the largest fall since 1990, research by independent climate think tank Ember showed. The drop in Europe was 24%, driven by a switch to renewables, while U.S. coal-fired generation was down 16% because of more competitive gas.
However, China bucked the trend with a rise as it became responsible for half of global coal-fired power generation.
Overall, the decline in coal use last year and shift towards renewables was helped by factors such as cheap gas, nuclear plant restarts in Japan and South Korea and slowing electricity demand, the report said.