Emissions set to surge 50 pct by 2050-OECD

Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:00am GMT
 

* Fossils seen supplying 85 pct of energy demand in 2050

* Financial, human and biodiversity costs all huge

* CO2 cut, global CO2 mkt delays make 2 degree limit harder

By Nina Chestney

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) - Global greenhouse gas emissions could rise 50 percent by 2050 without more ambitious climate policies, as fossil fuels continue to dominate the energy mix, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday.

"Unless the global energy mix changes, fossil fuels will supply about 85 percent of energy demand in 2050, implying a 50 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions and worsening urban air pollution," the OECD said in its environment outlook to 2050.

The global economy in 2050 will be four times larger than today and the world will use around 80 percent more energy.

But the global energy mix is not predicted to be very different from that of today, the report said.

Fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas will make up 85 percent of energy sources. Renewables, including biofuels, are forecast to make up 10 percent and nuclear the rest.   Continued...

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