Global energy consumption rose sharply in 2018, as did greenhouse gas emissions. This is undoing progress on renewables.
The world’s hunger for energy is constantly increasing – as are CO2 emissions Photo: dpa
Worldwide, the expansion of renewable energies is progressing rapidly – but it is not enough to satisfy the world’s hunger for energy. In 2018, global energy demand rose by 2.3 percent, faster than ever before this decade. And because it was met primarily by gas and coal, CO2 emissions from the energy sector also climbed 1.7 percent to a record high of 33 billion metric tons. That’s according to the latest "Global Energy and CO2 Status Report" published by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Tuesday.