The lowest CO2 level in 14 years because of COVID-19

Limited global production is a major cause of emissions reductions - Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Limited global production is a major cause of emissions reductions - Photo: GETTY IMAGES

China is the place to reduce emissions the most in the season, followed by the United States, Europe and India. Total CO2 reduction in these 4 areas is 2/3 of global CO2.

The optimistic information is the result of the first study on global emissions in 2020 by a group of US, UK, Australian scientists and the International Center for Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO). .

According to the Independent, the team conducts daily analysis of CO2 emissions in 69 countries and territories around the world, including powers such as the United States, China, …

The group focuses on six economic activity groups that typically release large amounts of CO2 to the environment, recording additional electricity and energy consumption to calculate emissions generated in production and daily life.

As a result, in the first 4 months of 2020, global daily CO2 emissions averaged 83 million tons. This is a significant reduction compared to 2019, an average of 100 million tons per day, which is also the lowest since 2006.

Many countries also significantly reduce their emissions, from 26 to 60%, thanks to measures to reduce social and production constraints during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Comparison among regions, China is the place where the emission reduction is strongest, followed by the US, Europe and India. The reduction in emissions in these 4 regions is equivalent to two thirds of global CO2.

“Limiting social exposure creates major changes in energy and CO2 emissions in the world,” said Dr. Corinne Le Quéré – University of East Anglia (UK), team leader – said.

The study was published in the prestigious journal Nature Climate Change.

In production, business and aviation activities, emissions decreased by up to 75% during the shutdown days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Transport and road transport reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

According to the team, the average emissions will decrease by 4% this year if the world returns to normal production from June.

In addition, CO2 emissions will be reduced by 7% if the majority of countries maintain social gap by the end of 2020.