EDGAR - What's new
Press releases JRC-PBL: Trends in global CO2 emissions until 2011.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) - the main cause of global warming - increased by 3% last year, reaching an all-time high of 34 billion tonnes in 2011. In China, the world's most populous country, average emissions of CO2 increased by 9% to 7.2 tonnes per capita. China is now within the range of 6 to 19 tonnes per capita emissions of the major industrialized countries. In the European Union, CO2 emissions dropped by 3% to 7.5 tonnes per capita. The United States remain one of the largest emitters of CO2, with 17.3 tonnes per capita, despite a decline due to the recession in 2008-09, high oil prices and an increased share of natural gas. An estimated cumulative global total of 420 billion tonnes of CO2 has been emitted between 2000 and 2011 due to human activities, including deforestation. Limiting the rise in average global temperature to 2°C above pre-industrial levels - the target internationally adopted in UN climate negotiations - would be possible only if cumulative CO2 emissions in the period 2000-2050 do not exceed 1 000 to 1 500 billion tonnes. If the current global trend of increasing CO2 emissions continues, cumulative emissions will surpass this limit within the next two decades.
More info in the press release and the background study (Trends in global CO2 emissions).
A ranking of the CO2 or CO2 per capita for regions/countries are given in the tables CO2 1990-2011 respectively CO2 per capita 1990-2011.
The correct emissions for South Korea are available in Table A1.2 on page 28, but are mistaken in fig. 2.2.
The correct unit for Figure 2.4 on page 14 is kg CO2 / 1000 USD (of 2005) (PPP adjusted).
EDGAR v4.2 release
The new version v4.2 of the global EDGAR emissions inventory covers all greenhouse gases included in the Kyoto Protocol (i.e. carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and the fluorinated gases), ozone precursor gases, and acidifying air pollutants per source category at country level, and gridded with 0.1 deg by 0.1 deg resolution, for the time period from 1970 to 2008.
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Press releases JRC-PBL: Global CO2 emission trend until 2010.
Global CO2 emission trends from 1970 till 2010 are analysed and the status with regard to the Kyoto Protocol target evaluated. It is concluded that the industrialised countries, although individually showing widely variable emission trends, collectively emitted 7.5% less CO2 in 2010 than in 1990. But their impact on the global picture is increasingly limited, with their share of CO2 emissions having dropped from about two thirds to less than half of the global total since 1990. Increased energy end-use efficiency, nuclear energy and the growing contribution from renewable energy cannot compensate for the globally increasing demand for power and transport, which is strongest in developing countries.
More info in the press release and the background study (long_term_CO2_emission_trend).
EDGAR at JRC Openday 2011
See our 4 posters.
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