Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Rise 2% in 2013
A final tally for 2013 will likely show energy-related carbon dioxide emissions at 2 percent above 2012 levels, mostly because of a small increase in coal use for electric power, the Energy Information Administration says.
Coal has regained some market share from natural gas, since a low in April 2012.
Emissions last year were slightly more than 10 percent below 2005 levels, and the EIA calls this a “significant contribution” towards President Obama’s goal of a 17 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2020.
On the other hand, with emissions levels projected to hold steady through 2015 (according to the EIA’s recent Short-Term Energy Outlook), the US likely won’t be getting any closer to that target in the next two years.
And the EIA’s¬†Annual Energy Outlook 2014 Reference case¬†early release, published last month, projected that¬†US energy-related CO2 emissions will reach about 9 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, then rise to 7 percent below 2005 levels by 2040.
Takeaway: The US saw a slight increase in carbon emissions from 2012 to 2013, and isn’t likely to see any improvements in the next two years.
Tamar Wilner is Senior Editor at Environmental Leader PRO.
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