Carbon Emissions Keep Track with Worst-Case Scenarios

By admin Saturday, February 11th, 2012 at 10:43 am

You would think that with all the effort being put behind energy efficiency, renewable energy solutions, and greenhouse gas emission reduction, we would be seeing an impact on global carbon emissions.  The “Kaya” factors that scientists have associated with carbon emissions have long suggested the anticipated CO2 reductions (from carbon intensity and energy intensity improvements) would not be achieved, primarily due to our inability to curb global population growth.   Feel free to email us for more information on the Kaya Identity, which provides an intuitive approach to the interpretation of historical trends and future projections of carbon dioxide emissions.  Basically, it is a mathematical expression that’s used to describe the relationships among the factors that influence trends in emissions: carbon intensity of energy (the amount of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions emitted per unit of energy produced), energy intensity of the economy (energy consumed per dollar of GDP), output per capita (GDP per person), and population.

Anyway, here’s the data to prove the lack of progress thus far…so much for a temporary reprieve from climate change!  According to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, global greenhouse-gas Carbon Emissions Keep Track with Worst-Case Scenariosemissions jumped by 6 percent in 2010 — a record one-year increase — reversing the lull in carbon pollution that was observed immediately following the financial crisis.  This means our world is now keeping pace with the worst-case emissions scenarios outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2007.

Arise Energy strives to minimize carbon emissions through our own operations, while assisting clients in the design and implementation of renewable energy solutions that deliver electrical power with zero carbon emissions for decades after their installation.  Further, these systems save clients on their total cost of energy while reducing their carbon footprints.  For an average sized (4kw) residential solar photovoltaic system installed here in Colorado, we see a typical reduction in CO2 emissions of about 14,500 pounds annually for the life of the system because the solar power generated replaces energy that would have come from burning fossil fuels.

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Source:  CO2 Data: IEA.  Scenarios: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change