Media Briefing/Press ConferenceFrom: Australian Science Media Centre
Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels have risen sharply for the second year in a row, despite enormous growth in renewable energy, according to international data due to be released at the COP24 climate summit in Poland on Thursday. The new data from the Global Carbon Project head-quartered in Australia, predicts that 2018 will see the year end with more than a two percent increase in global carbon emissions compared to 2017 levels. The bulk of this CO2 is coming from oil (used to power personal transport, freight, aviation and shipping) and gas to make up for declining coal use in industry. Strong growth of renewable energy and electric vehicles has not been enough to counteract the rising emissions from growing economies such as China and India.
In Australia, emissions in all sectors except electricity have been growing also. The shift from coal to renewables is gathering pace, but change will be needed in transport, industry and housing to meet the 2030 emissions target and longer term goals.
The briefing will discuss the following issues:
- Where is the emissions growth coming from?
- Which countries are growing their carbon dioxide emissions and why?
- How and why are Australia's carbon emissions growing, and what is the prospect over the next decade?
- Is there any reason for optimism?
- Dr Pep Canadell is Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project an international research project hosted in Australia by CSIRO. Pep will review the latest 2018 global data.
- Professor Frank Jotzo is Director of the Centre for Climate Economics and Policy at the Australian National University's Crawford School of Public Policy. Frank will discuss Australia's emissions and current trajectory.
Date: Wednesday 5 Dec 2018
Full briefing recording below.