Decoupling GHGs from GDP: Year 2

IEA 2015The International Energy Agency (IEA) released new data today showing that global GHG missions related to energy held steady again for the second year in a row while the global economy grew. Renewable energy was key to stabilizing emissions levels, with more than 90% of new energy generation coming from renewables – the highest level in more than 40 years.

From IEA director Fatih Birol’s perspective, “Coming just a few months after the landmark COP21 agreement in Paris, this is yet another boost to the global fight against climate change.  This means the decoupling of global emissions and economic growth is now confirmed.”

For more specific analysis, including the roles that the U.S. and China played in this result, read the press release and accompanying data set here.