REN21 tells the story of the renewable energy trends observed in 2016 and puts them in perspective of the global energy transition.
Newly installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 gigawatts (GW) added, increasing the global total by almost 9% relative to 2015. In parallel global energy related emissions from fossil fuels remained stable despite economic growth. There has been an upsurge in cities, states, countries and major corporations committing to 100% renewable energy targets because it makes economic and business sense, quite apart from climate, environment and public health benefits. Even in the transport sector, which arguably faces the greatest challenges in transitioning to a renewable energy future, major changes are under way.
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