Coronavirus: ‘CO2 emissions in China down with one quarter’
The breakout of the coronavirus that is slowing down economic activities in China made CO2 emissions in the country go down with one quarter. That is the conclusion of a study by climate organization Carbon brief. The effect, however, would only be temporary.
After the coronavirus broke out around the Chinese New Year on January 25th, the holiday period was extended until February 10th. Due to the drastic measures, a lot of factories came to a slowdown or a standstill. That is why energy consumption and the emissions of greenhouse gases have decreased significantly, according to the calculations of Carbon Brief.
In the period between 3 and 16 February 2020, ‘only’ some 300 million tons of CO2 were emitted against 400 million during the same period last year, or a 6% decrease worldwide. Such a decline in hardly two weeks represents a decrease in emissions of about 1% spread over the entire year.
Question is, however, whether this decrease will be sustainable or – on the contrary – reversible, the study wonders. Production plants will probably increase production to compensate for the losses by the prolonged standstills. Expectations are that there will be a recovery plan including infrastructure works. Such works usually are very energy-consuming.