Global emissions ‘remained stable in 2016’

Global emissions remained “more or less stable” last year. That’s according to new research from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, which states total greenhouse gas emissions rose by around 0.5%, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Global emissions remained “more or less stable” last year.

That’s according to new research from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, which states total greenhouse gas emissions rose by around 0.5%, reaching 49.3 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent.

That was a result of lower coal usage as nations switched to natural gas and increased renewable generation.

The five largest emitting countries and the EU accounted for 65% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

Out of the large emitters, only India showed a “significantly” rising trend while Russia, the US and Japan saw a reduction.

In China, the EU and the group of other G20 members, the levels remained “more or less the same” as in 2015.