Coronavirus reduced harmful emissions from transport by more than a thirdMay 25, 2020
The study was conducted by the research organization Global Carbon Project. Its staff analyzed how COVID-19 affected global CO₂ emissions.
According to their estimates, restrictions and quarantine measures introduced in different countries against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic helped to reduce daily values of harmful emissions by an average of 17% (at the beginning of April). This was most noticeable in the case of ground transport (36% decrease). In this sector, according to scientists, 20.6% of global CO₂ is generated. The recorded recession reduced global CO₂ emissions by 43%. A corresponding report appeared in the journal Nature.
The Global Carbon Project notes that the new coronavirus has affected the structure of energy demand around the world. So, because of the pandemic, many enterprises suspended their work, and the number of trips by transport fell sharply.
CO₂ emissions from transport grew even in spite of stricter economic standards and the almost ubiquitous distribution of electric cars and hybrids. The pandemic was able to reverse this situation. These statistics allowed experts to predict that when the restrictions are lifted by mid-June, the global CO₂ level will decrease by 4%. If part of the measures continues to be valid until the end of 2020, it will be possible to achieve an eight percent decline.
By the way, another group of scientists saw another trend in the pandemic: after its termination, the popularity of electric cars will increase.
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