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Renewables take record share of new energy capacity added in 2019

Date: 21-Apr-20
Author: Liam Taylor

The report found more than one third of global power is now provided by renewable sources like wind and solar.

The report found more than one third of global power is now provided by renewable sources like wind and solar.

According to new data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), almost three-quarters of all new energy capacity added globally in 2019 was from renewable energy sources.

The organisation’s Renewable Capacity Statistics 2020 report found 72% of all new energy capacity in 2019 came from renewable sources, increasing the total share of all global power from renewables to over one-third. Both are record-breaking figures.

“Renewable energy is a cost-effective source of new power that insulates power markets and consumers from volatility, supports economic stability and stimulates sustainable growth,” said IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera in a statement.

“With renewable additions providing the majority of new capacity last year, it is clear that many countries and regions recognise the degree to which the energy transition can deliver positive outcomes."

IRENA is clear in its predictions that the renewable energy transformation will continue and hold significant implications for international politics. In a separate report released in 2019, the organisation noted that Australia was well positioned to benefit from a transition towards renewable energy should it embrace such a transformation. 

"Countries with high technical potential for renewable energy generation stand to gain if they are able to become significant exporters of renewable electricity or fuels," the A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation report states.

"Australia's economically-demonstrated solar and wind energy resources are estimated to be 75 per cent greater than its combined coal, gas, oil and uranium resources."


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Liam                                              Taylor
Author: Liam Taylor

Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia. Joining the communications team at Planet Ark, he hopes to inspire positive environmental behaviour through effective and positive messaging.

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