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03 April 2019

Global energy consumption puts Paris Agreement at risk

Global energy demand grew by 2.3% in 2018, the fastest pace in a decade, leading to 1.7% of growth in energy-related CO2 emissions. While the share of renewable energy sources in meeting new energy demand keeps growing and energy efficiency continues to increase, the rates of improvement are far below those required to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change....

Global Energy Demand in 2018 Grew at Fastest Pace in a Decade | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

26 March 2019: A report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds that in 2018 global energy demand grew by 2.3%, the fastest pace in a decade, leading to 1.7% of growth in energy-related CO2 emissions. While the share of renewable energy sources in meeting new energy demand keeps growing and energy efficiency continues to increase, the rates of improvement are far below those required to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The 2018 edition of the IEA ‘Global Energy and CO2 Status Report’ summarizes global trends in energy demand and the use of fuel sources including fossil fuels, renewable sources and nuclear energy. It also tracks changes in global greenhouse gas emissions and changes in energy efficiency. Key findings of the report include: Global total energy consumption grew by 2.3% in 2018, twice as fast as the average rate over the last ten years. The increase was driven by solid growth of the global economy and increased demand for heating and cooling in some regions. Increased use of fossil fuels covered 70% of the global increase in energy demand with natural gas covering almost 45% of total demand growth. Renewable energy sources contributed approximately one quarter of...

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