Renewable energy capacity around the world grew by a record amount during 2020, even as China continued to build new fossil-fuel burning coal plants. Capacity of wind and solar power grew by 238GW globally – about 50pc larger than any previous expansion, according to the latest annual review of world energy by oil and gas giant BP. The jump in renewable output amounts to about seven times the total installed capacity in the UK, and came in a year marked by a slump in energy use as the pandemic triggered a slowdown in global travel. The share of renewable power, including wind and solar, in the global power mix also rose from 10.3pc to 11.7pc. In Europe, that share reached 23.8pc, making it the first region where renewables are the main source of fuel, BP said.
Telegraph 8th July 2021 read more »
Wind and solar power accounted for 29 percent of Britain’s electricity production last year, putting the country sixth on the global league table — but well behind first-place Denmark. Analysis by climate and energy think tank Ember noted that while, neither the US nor China were in the top 15 by share, they collectively produce more than two-thirds of the world’s solar and wind power. Globally, almost 10 per cent of the world’s electricity comes from wind and solar, a figure that has more than doubled since 2015.
Independent 8th July 2021 read more »
The world’s wind and solar energy capacity grew at a record rate last year while the oil industry recorded its steepest slump in demand since the second world war, according to BP. The impact of coronavirus lockdowns on the energy industry led carbon emissions to plummet by 6% on the year before, the sharpest decline since 1945, according to BP’s annual review of the energy sector. But the report says the impact of Covid on carbon emissions needs to be replicated every year for the next three decades if governments hope to limit global heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. BP’s annual energy review, published every year since 1952, is considered influential in the energy industry and helps to inform the company’s strategic decisions. Last year BP set out a plan to cut its oil production and increase its renewable energy generation within the next decade, en route to becoming a net zero energy company by 2050.
Guardian 8th July 2021 read more »
The UK has ranked sixth in the world for the share of its electricity it produces from clean wind and solar power, an analysis has found. Independent climate and energy think tank Ember conducted the assessment, which revealed the top 15 wind and solar power countries. It found that Denmark is leading the way, generating 61 per cent of its electricity from the two renewable sources, followed by Uruguay on 44 per cent. The UK comes in sixth in the ranking, behind Ireland, Germany and Spain, generating 29 per cent of its power from wind and solar in 2020, the analysis found.
Engineering & Technology 8th July 2021 read more »