Carbon Emissions Growth Is Slowing

Talk about carbon emissions all you like, but growth in this hotly debated area has been slowing. Total carbon emissions grew only 1.4% over 2011 on a global scale. One of the largest reasons carbon emissions are slowing is because of the United States. Between 2011 and 2012, total carbon emission reductions from the U.S. were three times greater than all of Europe and Eurasia combined. Today, the U.S. emits the same amount of carbon as we did in 1994, and this downward tend could continue for the next couple of years. 

More work can be done to reduce carbon emissions through better energy sources and increased efficiency, but we should give some credit to the reductions we have achieved thus far. Utilities switching from coal to natural gas reduce CO2 emissions per MW produced by about 50%, saving some money at the same time. Also, automotive manufacturers have found new ways to get more out of every drop of gasoline. In the past five years, Ford (NYSE: F  ) has increased its entire vehicle fleet efficiency by 14%.  

In some ways, the improvements we have made thus far are the low-hanging fruit, but there are several companies making the investments to spur the next big improvements in efficiency and carbon emission reductions. Tune in to the following video, where Fool.com contributor Tyler Crowe discusses some of these forward-looking companies.

It is becoming more and more apparent that carbon emissions is going to be a major factor in determining the fate of the energy space. As investors, though, we need to resist the temptations of committing our money to these new opportunities without doing our homework. Let us help you get started with that process by checking out one behind-the-scenes energy giant that has the potential to profit for years to come. To get the name of this company, check out the special free report: "The Only Energy Stock You'll Ever Need." Simply Click here to access your free report -- it's completely free!


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  • Report this Comment On July 13, 2013, at 3:21 PM, spawn44 wrote:

    So. And speaking of low hanging fruit.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 7:49 AM, strongarmed wrote:

    This has very little to do with any investments in clean energy. This is only a statement of our bad economy and fact gas is 4 dollars a gallon. Its odd we are not near zero given this fact. Due to the high price of electric I see this number rising as in house heating using wood and coal may reverse any advantages from lower miles on our vehicles.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 9:15 AM, DannyBoy13 wrote:

    Cool! That means that sea levels will drop, exposing even more coastline that people can build on.

    Sorry, I mean sea levels could drop. That's the word global warming studies always use...

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 9:18 AM, DannyBoy13 wrote:

    Meanwhile, back in the real world, China and India have averaged costruction and start-up of 4 coal fired electricity plants a week since 2011.

    I just thank my lucky stars that CO2 doesn't circulate around the atmosphere, but stops at national borders.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 9:19 AM, DannyBoy13 wrote:

    ...construction...

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