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Turning point: Decoupling Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Economic Growth

Author: Lars Handrich, Claudia Kemfert, Anselm Mattes, Ferdinand Pavel, Thure Traber
Published: September 2015

In the past the worldwide economy grew and the energy use was increasing . In 2014, for the first time the greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector decreased in a growing economy. This was due to greater energy efficiency and the roll-out of renewables. Since 2004, solar and wind have been the fastest growing energy sources worldwide, and they saw substantially accelerated growth over the last four years. This is true for China, India and the OECD group of countries.

The assessment „Decoupling greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth” on behalf of Heinrich Böll Stiftung covers data for the period 1990 to 2014.

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