2030 global CO2 emissions expected
to surge 56% over 2005 level
Nov 7, 2007 - The Associated Press
Global carbon dioxide emissions in
2030 will likely be 56 percent higher than in 2005
due chiefly to burgeoning CO2 emissions from China
and India, the International Energy Agency said in
an annual report Wednesday.
The 2030 level will reach 42 billion
tons mainly because coal consumption in the two Asian
countries is likely to soar, according to the World
Energy Outlook 2007 issued by the Paris-based agency.
But the international community would
be able to limit the amount to 34 billion tons if
governments across the world implement CO2-curbing
steps they are currently considering, the agency said.
China will become the world's largest
CO2 emitter in 2007, overtaking the United States,
while India will turn into the world's third-largest
CO2 emitter in 2015, according to the report, in which
IEA analysts examined a causal relationship between
energy consumption trends in China and India and further
progress in global warming.
China and India will be responsible
for more than half the increase in CO2 emissions the
world will experience between 2005 and 2030, it said.
Europe and the United States accounted
for more than half of global CO2 emissions between
1900 and 2005, while China and India were responsible
for 8 percent and 2 percent, respectively, of the
global tally for the period, it said.
As for the estimated amount of global
emissions between 1900 and 2030, China and the United
States would be responsible for 16 percent and 25
For the same 130-year period, India
would tie Japan, with the two countries accounting
for 4 percent each of the global tally, it added.