Surprising research from the UK’s University of Anglia and the the Global Carbon Project indicate that global carbon emissions are projected to stall with a possibility that they might actually decline by more than 0.6% in 2015.
The research is based on available energy consumption data in China and the US, and on forecasted economic growth for the rest of the world.
Crucially, the data suggests that 2015 could mark the first time that global emissions have declined during a period of strong economic growth.
The report marks the second year where emissions have slowed, with CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and industries growing by just 0.6% last year. The report notes that the projected decline largely due to China’s move away from coal use.