Global emissions related to energy production stopped growing in 2019, raising hopes that a “definitive peak” in total greenhouse gas emissions may have been reached.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), emissions plateaued at 33 gigatonnes last year, having risen for the previous two years.

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The data is particularly striking as decline came even as the global economy grew 2.9 per cent in 2019.

The IEA said that the stall in growth was largely down to declining emissions from advanced economies, which are leaning more on renewable sources such as wind and solar power.

The US recorded the largest decline for a single country in emissions, which fell 2.9 per cent – or 140m

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