China’s Booming Economy May Produce the Majority of World Coal Emissions by 2035

Estimates from U.S. Energy Information Administration suggest that China will produce the majority of coal emissions, about 55%, in order to accommodate its economic growth by 2035. From ClimateWire:

Through 2035, according to EIA, global carbon emissions from burning coal will increase by 56 percent. Coal, the most carbon-intensive fuel there is, will increase its footprint primarily in China, India and other emerging economies. The growth is outside of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which is the 34-member group of mostly North American and European countries that for the past 50 years had been the dominant contributors to rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Emissions tied to burning coal in China are projected to grow 2.6 percent a year to 10 billion metric tons by 2035, according to EIA data. That’s 55 percent of the world’s total carbon emissions from coal. In the United States, EIA projects carbon emissions tied to coal will increase 0.3 percent to 2.4 billion metric tons in 2035. That’s about 12 percent of the world total.

February 5, 2011 10:42 AM
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