In 2021 we moved further away from limiting warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. At just 0.5%, the global rate of decarbonisation in 2021 – the reduction in carbon intensity, or energy-related CO2 emissions per GDP – was at its lowest level in over ten years. While skewed by the rebound in economic activity from the pandemic, the recovery has not – at least in the short term – been green.
Global decarbonisation lowest for a decade
The global rate of decarbonisation in 2021 was just 0.5%