Can we use this example to help reduce our emissions in a sustainable, long-term way?


Carbon emissions and COVID-19

According to new data, global CO2 emissions dropped by around 6% in 2020

Last year’s drop in carbon emissions was the biggest fall since World War Two, following decades of increases. And much of it can be attributed to the drastic changes in our behaviour during the COVID-19 crisis.

The question now is, can we use this example to help reduce our emissions in a sustainable, long-term way?

Research shows that much of the reduction happened in the first half of 2020, but began to increase again as the year came to a close.

Many believe that emissions levels will rise again, returning to pre-pandemic levels, once all restrictions are lifted.

In December 2020, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on all leaders worldwide to declare a state of climate emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached. Achieving this goal would require significant planning and investment in sustainable energies.

After the COVID-19 pandemic, billions will be invested in rebuilding our future. We can build a better future if we prioritise renewable energy and our natural world in our recovery.

Decide #ItsPossible.