But preliminary data for 2021 find that climate pollution was more than 5 percent below its 2019 level, reflecting the ongoing effects of Covid-19 restraints.

Total greenhouse gas emissions climbed 4.7% to 424.5 million metric tons in 2021 to the 2020 level but were 5.2% below their 2019 level.

Pollution by the major greenhouse gas carbon dioxide increased by 6.3% year-on-year, with increased traffic emissions reaching 10% of what they accounted for in all sectors, the statistics released by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Beis) show.

In the long run, the greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 decreased 47% compared to those in 1990.

The main reason for the long-term emission fall is to lower pollution from power plants as power generation shifts from coal to gas and renewables.

Separate data from Beis shows the renewable energy generation has been slimmed from a record high in 2020 because of adverse weather conditions.

Overall, renewable energy accounted for 39.3% of total electricity generation in 2021, a decrease that would reach a record 43.1% in 2020, but still the second highest figure since records began.


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