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Power-Sector CO2 Emissions to Dip as Renewables Outpace Coal

  • Emissions from electricity will dip from 2021’s record: IEA
  • Renewables are meeting a growing portion of power demand
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A surge in renewable power coupled with a slowdown in China will see carbon emissions from electricity production ease from the record level last year, according to the International Energy Agency. 

Emissions from power generation are set to decline about 0.3% this year, down from a forecast in January that emissions would remain flat, the IEA said in its Electricity Market Report. That pace will need to increase more quickly to get the world on a trajectory that will avoid the worst consequences of climate change.