COVID Lockdown Yields Massive Reduction In Global CO2 Emissions
UEA, GCP climate researchers: "Hey, there's an upside!"
The global COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020 resulted in an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes reduction in CO2 emissions, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA), University of Exeter, and the Global Carbon Project.
Emissions were down by some 7 per cent on the year, an all-time record that dwarfs previous significant annual falls. Most of the decrease was accounted for by reduced use of surface transport, such as car journeys, down by some 50 per cent at the springtime lockdown peak.
The emission reduction exceeds the 1--2 billion tonne annual target set under the UN Paris Climate Agreement. However, the researchers warn that it is too early to say by how much emissions will rebound during 2021 and beyond.
Read UEA's press release here.