CO2 emissions: a historic drop in 2020


Because of the containments imposed by the pandemic, the global drop in anthropogenic emissions would be 7% this year.

If 2020 is an exceptional year because of the Covid-19, it is also in ricochet for the global emissions of greenhouse gases. The Global Carbon Project, an initiative of around 100 researchers supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation, predicts an unprecedented 2.4 billion tonnes drop in carbon dioxide (CO2) linked to human activities, a decrease of 6.7% compared to 2019. Since the beginning of the industrial era, a decline of such magnitude had never been observed, even during the recessions of 1981, 1992 and 2009 or at the end of the Second World War, in 1945 (- 0.9 billion tonnes of CO2).

Withdrawal is general. The drop in emissions is very noticeable in the United States (- 12%), in the Europe of 27 (- 11%), in India (- 9%). The decline is less severe in China (- 1.7%), where the restrictions in the face of the pandemic, taken at the start of the year, were more limited in time.

These forecasts (they are not direct measurements) are the average

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