EIA expects US energy-related CO2 emissions to fall in 2019
After a 2.7% increase in US energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2018, The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) July 2019 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) forecasts a 2.2% decrease in CO2 emissions for 2019.
Nearly all of the forecast decrease is due to fewer emissions from coal consumption, which are expected to fall by 169mn tonnes in 2019, the largest decrease in CO2 emissions from coal since 2015. Forecast natural gas CO2 emissions are expected to increase by 53mn tonnes. Both changes are largely due to forecast changes in the electricity generation mix as natural gas continues to grow as the most prevalent electricity generation fuel.
Petroleum CO2 emissions, which have risen in each of the past six years, will be virtually flat in 2019. Petroleum made