Global renewable power generation capacity rose 161 gigawatts (GW) to 2.006 terawatts (TW) in 2016, marking the eighth consecutive year of 8-9 percent annual growth, according to IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). At that rate, capacity will double again in eight to nine years.
It’s possible to reduce global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2050 and entirely by 2060 without sacrificing economic growth or job creation, according to IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency.
The number of people around the world employed in the renewable energy industry rose 5% year-over-year in 2015 to exceed 8.1 million, according to a research report released today by IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). That stands in stark contrast to recent trends in the broader global energy sector, where jobs numbers have been falling.
Raising renewable energy’s share of world energy production would have broad, positive and long-lasting impacts on national economies, societies and the environment, according to a study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released January 16.
Increasing renewable energy to 36% of global energy production would take global society halfway towards the goal of limiting climate warming to the 2 degrees C tipping point, while energy efficiency improvements would take us the rest of the way there, according to IRENA.