A five times faster cut in energy-related carbon intensity ‘could help the world hit the 1.5°C target’

New research finds that there is no country in the G20 that has achieved the 12.9% rate of decarbonisation required to limit global warming

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The world needs to cut energy-related carbon intensity five times faster to hit the 1.5°C Paris Agreement target.

That’s according to PwC’s Net Zero Economy Index which estimates that reduction could translate into a decarbonisation rate of 12.9% per year.

The report which tracks energy-related CO2 emissions worldwide and estimates the rate of global decarbonisation needed to deliver a 1.5°C aligned net zero world by 2050 also suggests that there is no country in the G20 was able to achieve the 12.9% rate of decarbonisation required to limit warming.

Last year, the UK achieved a 6.5% rate of decarbonisation, PwC says.

The analysis also shows that in 2020, due to the impact of Covid-19 restrictions, energy demand dropped 4.3%.

That led to a reduction in energy-related emissions of 5.6% compared to 2019 levels.

Kiran Sura, Assistant Director in the Sustainability and Climate Change at PwC UK, said: “The UK has pledged a world-leading target to cut emissions by 78% by 2035 and it will need to employ every lever at its disposal to make good on this commitment.”

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