Carbon dioxide emissions from energy use grew at a lower rate last year as renewables saw record growth but countries need to “build back better” by implementing low-carbon technologies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic to put the world on a more sustainable path, according to BP.

The UK supermajor’s latest annual statistical review revealed that emissions resulting from energy use increased by 0.5% in 2019 - less than half the 10-year average of 1.1% - to partially reverse unusually high growth of 2.1%