Wind and solar generation are cutting down coal use
Climate think tank Ember’s new half-year analysis of global electricity use shows wind and solar energy generation has increased in most countries to the point where it is successfully reducing the use of coal.
However, the reduction in the use of coal is still not falling fast enough to effect the minimum 1.5 degrees Celcius temperature reduction recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to reduce the global impact of climate change.
Ember’s half-year analysis aggregates national electricity generation for 48 countries which make up 83% of global electricity production. It builds on Ember’s annual Global Electricity Review, which was released in March 2020.
The report shows that wind and solar generation rose by 14% in the first half of this year, compared to the same time period in 2019. Thus, wind and solar generation now make up 9.8% of global electricity production. This has more than doubled from 4.6% in 2015 when the Paris Climate Agreement was signed.
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