The coronavirus pandemic could result in a 5% fall in global carbon emissions

2020

Prospect of 5% fall this year

40 billion

tonnes of CO

2

2009

Carbon emissions fell by 300m

tonnes in the global financial crisis

30

1983

Carbon emissions fell by 1bn

tonnes over 4 years in the

early 1980s recession

20

1975

Carbon emissions fell by

100m tonnes over 2 years

in the 1970s recession

10

1945

Carbon emissions fell by

750m tonnes after WW2

0

1800

1850

1900

1950

2000

40 billion tonnes of CO

2020

Prospect of 5% fall this year

2

2009

Carbon emissions fell by 300m

tonnes in the global financial crisis

30

1983

Carbon emissions fell by 1bn tonnes over

4 years in the early 1980s recession

20

1975

Carbon emissions fell by 100m tonnes

over 2 years in the 1970s recession

10

1945

Carbon emissions fell by

750m tonnes after WW2

0

1800

1850

1900

1950

2000