Analysis: China’s CO2 emissions fall by record 8% in second quarter of 2022

China’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell by a record 8% in the second quarter of 2022, a 230m tonne (MtCO2) reduction that is the largest in at least a decade. The new analysis for Carbon Brief, based on official figures and commercial data, shows China’s emissions have now fallen year-on-year for four consecutive quarters, extending … Read more

Russia’s fossil fuel export volumes continued to fall in July, but revenue rose due to higher fossil gas prices

Russia’s fossil fuel exports fell by 6% in July compared with June, and 22% below their peak in March, CREA’s analysis indicates. Reductions in import volumes since the start of the invasion are costing Russia upwards of EUR 200 million per day. However, higher prices for fossil gas meant that Russia’s export revenues likely increased … Read more

MYTH BUSTING: Is Fossil Gas Actually “Cleaner”?

Gas is the fastest-growing fossil fuel in the world. Over the last decade, it has accounted for 30% of total energy demand growth, outpacing the growth of both coal and oil. This has been driven in large part by a boost in fossil gas production and supply, which initially drove the cost of gas down in the late 2000s.
This is Part 1 of our blog series assessing Fossil Gas. We look at emissions released during different stages of the gas supply chain with a focus on the impacts resulting in gas-fired power generation.

Russia’s fossil fuel exports continue to contract in June, media reporting exaggerates China and India imports

The media reporting on the imports of fossil fuels from Russia has a “China and India” problem. The vast majority of the headlines around the issue focus on these two countries, creating a lopsided impression of who is filling Russia’s coffers. CREA analysis estimates that despite cutbacks, EU, NATO and G7 countries bought 60% of … Read more

The return of “the smell” in Johannesburg

This is a sequel I didn’t look forward to writing, but in a repeat of the “smelly air pollution” episode in Johannesburg which I analysed in 2021, people in the city reported a nasty sulphuric smell in early June this year, particularly in the morning of June 8. The source of the smell seemingly caused … Read more

Russia Fossil Tracker – Corrigendum

In our previous counter version, we had overestimated pipeline gas imports from Russia. As a result, we have revised down our estimate of the value of fossil fuel imports into the EU in the first two months of the invasion from EUR 44 billion to 39 billion, and the total value of Russia’s exports over … Read more

Russia Fossil Tracker – Updated methodology

Starting from 17 May 2022, we have implemented a new methodology to estimate pipeline gas imports from Russia to various European countries. In the initial version of the counter, we used historical data to distribute Russian pipeline gas imports to various European countries. At the end of April, Russia decided to cut supply to Poland … Read more

Future Air Quality and Health Impacts of the planned Afşin A power plant expansion

The Afşin-Elbistan area in eastern Turkey contains the largest concentration of operating coal-fired power plants in the country. These coal-fired power plants are major point sources of air pollution, with remarkably high air pollutant emission rates and impacts on communities and ecosystems both locally and for hundreds of kilometres around. This CREA modeling case study, … Read more

Assessment of the Matarbari Phase II coal power project EIA

The Matarbari Phase II power project is a 1,200 (2×600) MW planned coal power project in Chattogram, Bangladesh, located next to the Phase I of the plant which is already under construction. The project is owned by Coal Power Generation Company Bangladesh (CPGCBL). CREA obtained the Environmental Impact Assessment of the project and has evaluated … Read more