Coal is darkening the doorway for net-zero climate goals

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Coal is darkening the doorway for net-zero climate goals

Emissions need to decline by 4,4% a year, but were 5% higher in the first half of 2021 than they were last year

Faseeh Mangi

The world’s electricity generators are now polluting more than they did before the Covid-19 pandemic, putting global net-zero targets at risk.

Emissions from the power sector rebounded in the first half of the year and are now 5% higher than in the same period in 2019, according to a report by London-based researcher Ember. That’s because utilities are using more coal to meet electricity demand that also rose by 5%.

Coal is gaining traction just as nations push for more clean energy to reach ambitious commitments to reduce carbon emissions. The electricity transition will define global temperature rise more than any other sector this decade, the report said. Wind and solar supplied the majority of the world’s higher demand in the first half, but not by enough to curb the need for more coal, particularly in Asia...

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