Even with the Covid pandemic, which stopped the world and reduced global emissions of greenhouse gases in 2020, Brazil increased its emissions by 9.5% compared to the previous year.
With that, the country reached the highest value of tons of gases emitted since 2006.
The high deforestation in the Amazon and the cerrado caused the high emissions. Deforestation has remained high under the Jair Bolsonaro government.
In 2020, Brazil emitted 2.16 billion tons of CO2 equivalent, a sum of all greenhouse gases, according to data from SEEG (Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimation and Removal System), released on Thursday (28), days before COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The program carries out an annual survey of Brazilian emissions and details the sectors from which they originate. In 2019, there were 1.97 billion tons. The 9.5% increase represents the highest percentage increase since 2003.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon