Carbon emissions rise in the US

Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have increased for the second year in a row in the US. The growth rate however was much smaller (0.7%) in 2015 than 2014 (2.4%), according […]

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Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have increased for the second year in a row in the US.

The growth rate however was much smaller (0.7%) in 2015 than 2014 (2.4%), according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

An estimated 5,404 million metric tons of CO2 were emitted from energy-related sources last year and are projected to increase “slightly” in both 2015 and 2016.

Energy-related CO2 emissions are the largest component of overall US greenhouse gas emissions.

Last month the US said it would reduce emissions by 26%-28% from 2005 levels by 2025.

In the last two years the population has increased (0.7%), which could reflect the increase in emissions however less energy has been used per person (fall of 1.2%), the EIA added.