[email protected]: US energy-related CO2 dropped 2.7% in 2015; of end-use sectors, only transportation increased
EIA: US energy-related CO2 dropped 2.7% in 2015; of end-use sectors, only transportation increased 27 March 2017 According to a report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US energy-related CO2 emissions decreased by 146 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2015 to 5,259 MMmt, down 2.7% from 5,405 MMmt in 2014. This decline occurred despite growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) of 2.6% as other factors more than offset the growth in GDP. Energy-related CO2 emissions in 2015 were about 12% below 2005 levels. These factors included a decline in the carbon intensity of the energy supply (CO2 /British thermal units [Btu]) of 1.8%; and a 3.4% decline in energy intensity (Btu/GDP). Of the four end-use sectors, only transportation emissions increased in 2015 (+2.1%). Specific circumstances, such as the very warm fourth quarter of 2015 and relatively low natural gas...