Global energy-related C02 emissions stall in 2014

Figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA) show that global emissions of C02 from the energy sector halted in 2014 – the first time in 40 years not tied to an economic downturn.

Global emissions of C02 stood at 32.3bn tonnes, unchanged from the year before.

IEA chief economist, Fatih Birol, said: “This me even more hope that humankind will be able to work together to combat climate change, the most important threat facing us today.

“(The figures) provide much needed momentum to negotiators preparing to forge a global climate deal in Paris in December. For the first time greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling from economic growth.”

Energy secretary, Ed Davey, added: “These figures show that green growth in achievable not just for Britain but for the world. However, we cannot be complacent – we need to dramatically cut emissions, not just stop their growth.”