Future Emissions Key Drivers: Carbon Intensity

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Carbon intensity is the rate of emission of carbon per unit of a specific activity. The most common measure of carbon intensity is amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of GDP (e.g. 0.52 tonnes of CO2 per $1000 of GDP). Measures of carbon intensity are used to calculate estimates of carbon emissions. They may also be used to compare the environmental impact of different fuels or activities.

'Decarbonization’ refers to the decreased carbon intensity of primary energy over time. Globally, world decarbonization occurs at a rate of approximately 0.3% per year. The trend towards low carbon intensity reflects the replacement of fuels of high carbon content with fuels of lower carbon content.