31 May 2011 12:05:02
CO2 emissions 'hit record high in 2010'
emissions reached their highest ever level in 2010, throwing into doubt the chances of keeping climate change within the acceptable two degree C limit.
According to figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA), CO2
emissions hit a record 30.6 Gigatonnes (Gt) last year, up from the previous highest recording of 29.3 Gt seen in 2008.
The increase follows a dip in 2009 as a result of the global recession.
Chief executive of the IEA Dr Fatih Birol said: "The world has edged incredibly close to the level of emissions that should not be reached until 2020 if the two degree C target is to be attained."
He warned "bold and decisive action" will need to be taken in the near future if goals set out at the Cancun climate change summit are to be met.
Around 80 percent of the CO2
emissions for 2020 from the power generation sector were already said to be "locked in" due to power plants which are currently in operation or are under construction.
The UK is hoping to reduce its CO2
emissions by 34 percent on 1990 levels by the year 2020, with the aim of cutting emissions by 80 percent by 2050.