Why they call 2023 "the beginning of the end" for fossil fuels

Experts are cautiously optimistic that emissions from fossil fuel use may have peaked as the net-zero emissions mission progresses.

Experts say global efforts to curb the inevitable climate disaster may have reached a major milestone last year, reaching a peak in global carbon dioxide emissions derived from the use of energy.

The beginning of the end of the use of fossil fuels

A growing number of climate analysts believe that 2023 could be the year annual emissions peak before the global economy based on Fossil fuels begin to decline.
This milestone is considered a decisive turning point in the race to reach net-zero emissions, but for many climate experts it is a turning point that occurred many years ago and, while encouraging, has not yet been achieved the rapid reduction that the world needs.
The world's leading climate scientists have consistently warned that the build-up of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere means cutting emissions by 2030 is crucial if leaders hope to keep global warming to no more than 1,5°C per year. above preindustrial levels.

According to most experts, the necessary pace of emissions reductions will require a global transition on a scale that has not yet been achieved.

"We can pause for a moment to mark this turning point," said Dave Jones, director of climate consultancy Ember.
“But what's worrying in some ways is that we're still talking about when emissions might peak.
"The reality is that if we hope to maintain the small amount of carbon remaining, which is almost gone, we need to reduce emissions deeply and quickly."

Earlier this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) expressed hope for the end of the fossil fuel era, predicting for the first time that oil, gas and coal consumption will peak before 2030 and begin to decrease as climate policies come into force.

"It is not a question of 'if,' but simply of 'how soon,' and the sooner the better for all of us," said Fatih Birol, head of the IEA.