The recovery from the pandemic it may not be all positive, at least not for the environment. Reuters reports held by the International Energy Agency warned that a post-pandemic revival of gas demand could jeopardize the goal of achieving net zero emissions in the world by 2050. The projected 3.6 percent increase in gas use by 2021 could not only negate Fall in 2020 but “even further grow,” according to the IEA.
Demand is expected to fall to 1.7 percent between 2022 and 2024, but that would still be too high to keep it on track, the IEA says.
That doesn’t mean Paris Agreement and other goals are lost causes. The IEA believed the projects were approved or ongoing before a pandemic could halt those emissions. The agency also suggested that the gas industry could help reduce methane leaks that contribute to climate change.
There are positive signs. It is renewable energy surpassing fossil fuels in some countries, and car manufacturers are increasingly advocating for it fully electric assemblies in the next few years. Nevertheless, the IEA report gives a sense of urgency to these actions. Humanity may need to diminish its desire to establish normalcy and shift to green technology, at least if it wants to avoid replacing one global problem with another.
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