Solar and wind power generation seem to be able to supercharge global energy transition as both these renewable energy sources hit a new record in 2021.
That’s one of the findings of a new report by the climate and energy think tank Ember which suggests wind and solar generated nearly 10% of global electricity last year.
Ember’s Global Electricity Review notes that 50 countries, including China and Japan have reached this milestone.
Overall, renewable energy sources generated 38% of the world’s electricity in 2021, more than coal, an estimated 36%, the study has found.
The report covers electricity generation for 209 countries from 2000 to 2020, with the data for 2021 for 75 countries representing 93% of global power demand.
The authors of the report suggest the fastest ‘energy transformation’ is taking place in the Netherlands, Australia and Vietnam – around a tenth of electricity demand in these countries has switched from fossil fuels to wind and solar in the last two years.
Ember also said ten countries generated more than a quarter of their electricity from wind and solar in 2021.
In Denmark, wind and solar covered 52% of the country’s electricity demands.
Ember’s Global Lead Dave Jones said: “Wind and solar have arrived. The process that will reshape the existing energy system has begun.