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2007 U.S. Energy-related CO2 Emissions Rose by 1.6%

Friday, May 30, 2008
Source: IHS
Article Type: Cited

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels increased by 1.6% in 2007, from 5,888 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (MMTCO2) in 2006 to 5,984 MMTCO2 in 2007, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The economy, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), grew by 2.2% and energy demand rose by 1.7% indicating that energy intensity (energy use per unit of GDP) fell by 0.5%. Carbon dioxide intensity (carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP) also fell by about 0.5%.

According to EIA, factors that drove the emissions increase included weather conditions that increased the demand for heating and cooling services and a higher carbon intensity of electricity supply.

Total U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have grown by 19.4% since 1990. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions account for over 80% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

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