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Section: General News - Reducing the amount of energy required to produce a unit of gross domestic product (GDP), particularly in the service sector, has been by far the greatest contributor to curbing emissions growth, according to a new World Bank study on changes in CO2 emissions.
Entitled Changes in CO2 Emissions from Energy Use: a Multi-country Decomposition Analysis, the study looks at data from more than 100 countries covering the period 1994-2006. It was co-authored by Masami Kojima and Robert Bacon, both of the World Bank's Oil, Gas and Mining Policy Division.
The study looks at several factors to explain why the level of emissions goes up or down: the …