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CO2 emissions fall for the first time since Covid

Words by Abi Scaife

The EU’s CO2 emissions have fallen 5% in three months.

That’s amazing! What does this mean?

While emissions fell during lockdown when few people were travelling, there was an inevitable increase when people began to move around again, and this surge lasted for 16 months.

This 5% drop has signalled the end of this surge, and hopefully the beginning of a new trend.

Why are emissions dropping now?

The EU has found that the demand for fossil fuels is beginning to fall, from a combination of high costs and increased climate awareness. Renewable energy sources are also more readily available now, which is helping to push down the use of fossil fuels.

Governments are also beginning to push renewable energy alternatives across the board, from e-bikes to increased public transport, and more.

Hopefully, we continue down this trend, and lower CO2 emissions even further!

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs