30 Jun '15, 4pm

Global emissions stay flat thanks to renewable energy surge. The Ecologist

Global emissions stay flat thanks to renewable energy surge. The Ecologist

Solar photovoltaic capacity has had a rapid 68-fold growth, from 2.6 GW in 2004 to 177 GW in 2014, while wind power capacity has increased eightfold, from 48 GW in 2004 to 370 GW in 2014. A significant threshold has been crossed by renewable energy as analysts report that the sectorʼs size last year reached double the level it was at just 10 years earlier. Growing fastest of all was solar energy, whose installed capacity was 68 times greater than a decade ago. Wind capacity had multiplied eight times over. And between 2013 and 2014 the renewable energy surge caused an important 'tipping point' in fossil fuel emissions: even though both the global economy and energy use grew, there was no matching rise in emissions of carbon dioxide - the main greenhouse gas targeted in efforts to restrain global warming. The report by REN21 , a global renewable energy policy network, says ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_round_up/2929529/gl...

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