Researchers are reporting a reduction in the growth of carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.
The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency said emissions which had increased at an average annual rate of 4 percent registered an 0.8 percent increase in 2012. In 2013 the increase was 1.5 percent and in 2014, the increase was a half a percent.
In 2014, when the emissions growth was almost at a standstill, the world’s economy continued to grow by 3 percent, the agencies noted.
The trend over the last three years sends an encouraging signal on unlinking carbon dioxide emissions from global economic growth, said the agencies. However, it is still too early to confirm a positive global trend, they added, noting that India, with its emerging economy and large population, increased its emissions by 7.8 percent and became the fourth largest emitter globally.
Although it remains the largest emitter worldwide, China has also managed to slow down its emissions growth, the agency report said. After the surge in carbon dioxide emissions recorded over the past 10 years, China’s emissions increased by only 0.9 percent in 2014, the same rate as the United States, it said.