Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the U.S. are estimated to fall by 2050, the country's Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in a statement on Monday.
The U.S.' energy-related CO2 emissions are expected to decrease up to 2031, but then slowly increase in the following years to reach 4.9 billion metric tons in 2050, according to the EIA.
If realized, energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. could be 4% lower by 2050 compared to 2019 levels, it added.
The electric power sector’s CO2 emissions are anticipated to see the largest drop through 2025 due to coal plant retirements and new renewable generation capacity.
In addition, CO2 emissions in the U.S.' transportation sector are expected to decrease through the late 2020s.
Total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions are projected to resume growth after 2031 as increased activity in transportation and industrial sectors are expected to lead to more consumption of petroleum and natural gas.
Nonetheless, residential and commercial energy sector emissions are anticipated to remain largely unchanged throughout the projection period.
By Ovunc Kutlu