Australia emits the most greenhouse gases from coal combustion per capita, almost twice as much as China, according to an analysis prepared by the British think tank Ember, which writes, among others, in “The Guardian”. South Korea and South Africa were also on the inglorious podium.
The climate and energy think tank Ember has published a study that suggests that the world’s richest countries are among the largest emitters of carbon dioxide from energy production. The British organization in its research took into account the population of the compared countries.
Australia – energetics
Australia tops the infamous list, with annual per capita emissions five times higher than the global average and 40 percent. higher than any other major coal user. As reported, 60 percent. the energy produced in the antipodes is of carbon origin.
The study covered the period from the signing of the Paris Agreement of 2015 to the present day and found that Australia emits 5.34 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person per year. The ranking also included: South Korea – 3.81 tons, South Africa – 3.19 tons, the United States – 3.08 tons and China – the world’s largest issuer, 2.71 tons.
Ember representatives, citing the position of the International Energy Agency (IEA), indicated that the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including Australia, should stop producing energy from coal by 2030 if they want to play a role in trying to maintain the global a global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – which is the goal of the Paris Agreement.
Australia – a move away from coal
The Australian government of Scott Morison has rejected the commitment to abandon coal in the next less than 9 years. Australian Government Emission Reduction Minister Angus Taylor left the COP26 summit in Glasgow a week ago, and in a statement on Thursday said Australia is “an active and constructive participant in negotiations to ensure a positive outcome” of talks on a shift away from coal generation by 2030 year.
– Australia, a wealthy country, is still in fossil fuel mode, not in crisis mode – this is how Mary Robinson, former Prime Minister of Ireland and president of The Elders, commented in Sky News on the attitude of the authorities in Canberra.
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