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REN21 10 Years Report - Vision for the Future: The upcoming decade

40 100 80 60 40 20 0 2020 2030 2040 2050 Greenpeace (2012) IEA ETP (2014) "2DS" IEA WEO (2013) "450" ExxonMobil (2014) GEA (2012) "Efficiency" (highest) Share of Total Global Energy (Percent) High renewables Moderate Conservative SE4ALL objective Visions for the Future: The upcoming decades 6Global perceptions of renewable energy have shifted considerably during the last decade; renewables have arrived in the mainstream. Despite impressive achievements, greater efforts and closer collaboration between the public and the private sector are needed to double the global share of renewables by 2030 and about ensuring access to clean and sustainable energy for all people by 2030 outlined by Sustainable Energy for All. Over the past decade, renewable energy technologies have moved into the mainstream. However, compared to the vast global potential of all renewable energy sources, the current market volume reveals only a glimpse of what it could be in the future. Progress was most spectacular in the electricity sec- tor; heating and cooling as well as transport still lack behind. However, despite the remarkable growth of many renewable energy technologies, the overall share of renewable energy in total final energy consumption remained relatively stable from 1990 to 2013 due to increasing energy demand and the central role of traditional biomass, which accounts for roughly 50% of the renewable energy share in total final energy consumption. In order to double the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption as outlined by SE4ALL (from 18% in 2010 to 36% in 2030), significant efforts in up-scaling the deployment of mod- ern renewable energy sources including hydropower need to be made; system integration and sustainability concerns need also to be addressed. As stated in REN21’s Renewables Global Futures Report, given technology and economic trends the future of renewable energy is fundamentally a choice, not a foregone conclusion. The con- text for that choice includes the present situation—high levels of current investment and more than a decade of dramatic market growth, proliferation of support policies, and cost reductions in renewable energy. The context also involves a growing diversity of motivations, such as energy security, climate and environment, Source: IEA ETP 2014; IEA WEO 2013. Reference see endnotes. Figure 13: Conservative, Moderate, and High Renewable Energy Scenarios to 2050 2020203020402050

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