Coronavirus reduces harmful emissions from transport by 36 percentMay 20, 2020
The Global Carbon Project research organization examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global carbon dioxide emissions and found that restrictions imposed by various governments reduced daily average by 17 percent. The largest deviations were recorded in the transport sector (-36 percent), which generates 20.6 percent of global CO. A detailed report is published in the journal Nature.
According to the Global Carbon Project, the pandemic has dramatically changed the structure of energy demand around the world. Infection and the subsequent imposition of restrictions provoked the shutdown of industrial enterprises and led to a significant reduction in the number of trips by transport. On average, daily carbon dioxide emissions fell by 17 percent at the beginning of April, and peak values for individual countries reached 26 percent. Moreover, ground transportation had the greatest impact (the sector itself fell by 36 percent, but ensured a 43 percent reduction in global CO emissions), followed by industry (-19 percent of the 2019 average), the energy sector (-7.4 percent), and aviation (-60 percent).
The study indicated that CO emissions in the transport sector continued to grow even despite stricter environmental standards and the popularization of charged hybrids and electric cars. Governments should take into account the lessons of the pandemic and adjust their environmental programs.
Based on these statistics, the organization makes a forecast. If all restrictions are lifted by mid-June, the global carbon footprint will drop by four percent. If at least some of them are preserved before the end of the year, the decline will be eight percent. Another study by YourParkingSpace.co.uk links improving air quality with the inevitable rise in popularity of electric vehicles. It is believed that after the cessation of the pandemic, people will not want to buy cars with ICE, but will be massively transplanted to “green” models.
The opinion that the “shake-up” caused by the infection will accelerate the transition to electric cars is also supported by Volvo CEO Hokan Samuelsson. The top manager believes that only authorities can influence this, who “need to spend money on promoting new technologies, not old ones”.
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