Global carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector were static for a second year during 2015, according to data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Emissions stood at 32.1 billion tonnes last year, having remained essentially flat since 2013.

During the past 40 years, there have only been three periods when emissions have been flat: in the early 1980s following the second oil shock; in 1992 following the collapse of the Soviet Union; and in 2009 in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Over the past two years, the global economy has continued to grow by 3.4% in 2014 and 3.1% in 2015.

US and China lower

China and the United States, the world’s two largest emitters, reported lower emissions in 2015.

Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, said: “The new figures confirm last year’s surprising but welcome news: we now have seen two straight years of greenhouse gas emissions decoupling from economic growth.

“Coming just a few months after the landmark COP21 agreement in Paris, this is yet another boost to the global fight against climate change.”

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