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Global power emissions surge above pre-pandemic levels

August 25, 2021


Global power sector emissions soared beyond pre-pandemic levels in the first half of 2021 as rising demand for coal-fired electricity outpaced growth in clean energy production, reveals a report published today by London-based energy think tank Ember.

The mid-year review of the world’s electricity markets analysed data from 63 countries representing 87 percent of global power demand and compared it against 2019 trends to shed light on where the energy transition stands as countries recover from the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation have not only rebounded from the lows seen during the Covid-19 crisis but jumped 5 percent above 2019 levels, an increase driven by a 5 percent rise in global power demand.

[Tim Ha] 

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