Global electric power demand surges above pre-pandemic levels


High voltage power lines in Pinole, California, on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

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Carbon dioxide emissions from the global electric power sector surged past pre-pandemic levels to record highs in the first half of 2021, according to new research by London-based environmental think tank Ember.

Electricity demand and emissions are now 5% higher than where they were before the Covid-19 outbreak, which prompted worldwide lockdowns that led to a temporary drop in global greenhouse gas emissions. Electricity demand also surpassed the growth of renewable energy, the analysis found.

The findings signal a failure of countries to achieve a so-called “green…


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