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🏭 U.S. CO2 emissions went down last year

🏭 U.S. CO2 emissions went down last year

Thanks to less coal-generated energy production and more from wind, solar, and natural gas, U.S. CO2 emissions declined 2,8 percent, or 150 million metric tons, in 2019, says U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Mathias Sundin
Mathias Sundin

Now thirty years have passed since 1990, a benchmark year used by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the U.S. is almost back to the same level as 1990.

After increasing energy-related CO2 emissions with about one percent per year between 1990 and 2007, emissions have declined since, averaging 1.3% per year. In 2019 it was only 1,8 percent higher than in 1990.

This is because of a decline in coal-generated energy production and increased natural gas, solar and wind energy production.

Since 2007 energy from coal declined by more than 50 percent.

Wind and solar accounted for about 27% of U.S. non‐carbon electricity generation in 2019.