In this section, Statista presents the most relevant and up-to-date facts about energy-related emissions.
Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increased from less than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in the second half of the 18th century to around 35 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2012. The rises in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are believed to be the result of the earth’s industrialization, which began in the late 1700s. Currently, China is the largest producer of CO2 emissions. In 1992, the United Nations introduced the Conference on Climate Change in order to tackle carbon dioxide emissions and climate change. Some five years later, the intergovernmental organization signed the Kyoto Protocol, an environmental treaty with the goal of protecting the earth’s climate system from “dangerous” anthropogenic interference.
In accordance with the treaty, several countries have initiated a number of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These measures include the introduction of a price for carbon, a reduction of livestock, reforestation and a decreased use of fossil fuels in energy generation. In order to save energy-related emissions, big greenhouse gas producers such as the United States, China, India and Brazil have started to add renewable sources to the energy mix. In a recent agreement, the U.S. pledged to cut carbon dioxide emissions to between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
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