2021 signed the first CO2 intensity rebound in the EU since 2010.
Slower reduction of global CO2 intensity in 2021, with an improvement of 0.5%.
After a slowdown in CO2 intensity improvements in 2020 (-1.3% compared to a -2.4%/year average over 2010-2019), the global CO2 intensity declined by only -0.5% in 2021. The fall in CO2 intensity accelerated in Australia (-7.9%) and in India (-3.5%), where it confirmed a continuous downwards trend, respectively since 1998 and 2015. The CO2 intensity slightly deteriorated in North America (+0.3%), in the EU, especially in Italy (+1.9%, mainly due to a surge in road transport consumption based on oil) and in France (+2.8%) where the higher intensity was mainly caused by the growing oil consumption in the road transport sector. However, in average, the European indicator remains far below the global mean. Among the largest economies, Brazil and Russia recorded the highest growth rates in CO2 intensities, respectively +8.7% and +4.6%.
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