What happened to the respite we gave the world?

Almost two years have passed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused irreparable damage at a social, economic, and emotional level to people around the world, these hard times brought a respite to the planet. A worldwide strike in the industry presented a 5.4% reduction in CO2 emissions worldwide. But this data was only a small joy, since according to data from a study published during the Climate Change Summit that was held in November 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland, by the Global Coal Project, an international consortium of scientists, global carbon dioxide emissions have returned to record levels.

Figures from the team of experts confirm that, in 2021, the percentage of this greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere will grow by 4.9%.

That is, one point below its highest figure, set in 2019. The main reason, the use of fossil fuels. Coal continues to be the biggest culprit in pollution and emissions due to oil have increased by 4.4%, somewhat below pre-Covid figures, although according to the Global Carbon Project they may still rebound as "the transport sector has not recovered still pre-crisis levels”.

Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA has assured “The rebound in global carbon emissions is a stark warning that not enough is being done to accelerate clean energy transitions around the world. If governments do not act quickly with the right energy policies, this could jeopardize the world's historic opportunity to make 2019 the final peak in global emissions”, said Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA.

For this reason, at Grupo Tical, we work to have a better world.