Analysis: China’s carbon emissions grow at fastest rate for more than a decade

Year-on-year change in China’s quarterly CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and cement, %. Chart by Carbon Brief using Highcharts.

China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have grown at their fastest pace in more than a decade, increasing by 15% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021.

The post-pandemic surge means China’s emissions reached a new record high of nearly 12bn tonnes (GtCO2) in the year ending March 2021. This is some 600m tonnes (5%) above the total for 2019.

The analysis is based on official figures for the domestic production, import and export of fossil fuels and cement, as well as commercial data on changes in stocks of stored fuel. 

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