World '09 CO2 emissions off 1.3 pct - institute

Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:06am GMT

* Crisis cuts western countries' carbon output

* China's economic growth outweighs these savings

By Vera Eckert

FRANKFURT, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2009 fell 1.3 percent to 31.3 billion tonnes in the first year-on-year decline in this decade, German renewable energy institute IWR said on Friday.

For a related table on the data, which are based on IWR research and official information, click on [ID:nLDE67C0FK].

The Muenster-based institute, which advises German ministries, cited the global economic crisis and rising investments in renewable energies for the fall in emissions.

Global investment in renewable installations for power, heat and fuels last year rose to 125 billion euros ($161 billion) from 120 billion in 2008, IWR said.

But IWR director Norbert Allnoch said given the force of the crisis, the reductions in CO2 output could have been greater, had stronger output in Asian and Middle Eastern countries not overcompensated the savings obtained from declines in Europe, Russia, Japan and the U.S.   Continued...

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