Breakdown by country (bcm)

World

+17%

Increase in South Korean imports of LNG in 2018.

Record LNG imports in China (+43%) not even close to shifting Japan from the top spot

Global LNG trade saw the largest boost from Asia in 2018 with growth led by China and South Korea, as Asian imports grew by 12% to a record high. China broke its LNG own import record, with a 43% increase on 2017, as environmental policies and a willingness to switch from coal to gas heating brought in additional demand.
The United States grew its LNG exports by 14%, as new LNG trains came online raising LNG production capacity by 76%, supported by high shale gas production. Australia was close behind, increasing exports by 22% as production capacity increased with the addition of the Wheatstone LNG and Ichthys LNG projects.

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Global wind capacity increased by over 60 GW in 2019

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), a total of 60.4 GW of wind capacity was installed worldwide in 2019 (19% more than in 2018), raising the global wind capacity by 10% to more than 650 GW.

25
Mar

India's carbon-free generation capacity rose by 72% over 2014-2020

According to the Indian government, the installed carbon-free capacity in the country increased by 72% between late March 2014 and the end of February 2020, from 81 GW to 139 GW. Around 55% of new installations between 2014 and 2020 (58 GW) were solar power plants (32 GW), followed by wind (17 GW, 29%) and large hydro (5 GW, 8%). In addition, 2.8 GW of other renewable sources (biomass, small-hydropower and waste-to-energy) and 2 GW of nuclear were added. Total investment in the Indian carbon-free energy sector reached US$75bn over the 2014-2020 period, with foreign direct investments accounting for 8% of it (US$6bn).

23
Mar

Global offshore wind capacity rose by 6.1 GW in 2019

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the global offshore wind power capacity increased by 6.1 GW to 29.5 GW in 2019. Offshore wind installations accelerated compared with 2018, when 4.5 GW were added, and accounted for 10% of the new wind power installations.

19
Mar

Renewables exceeded coal-fired power generation in the Netherlands in 2019

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), power generation in the Netherlands rose by 5.7% in 2019 to nearly 121 TWh (+6.5 TWh for net power generation). Most of the increase came from thermal power plants, especially from gas-fired power plants, whose power generation surged by 23% (+13 TWh at 71 TWh) in a context of low gas prices and high carbon prices; meanwhile, coal-fired power generation fell by 34% (-10 TWh at 17.4 TWh). According to CBS, renewable power generation rose by 18.5% (+3.5 TWh at 22.4 TWh) in 2019 (+8.5% for wind, including +14% for onshore wind, and +40% for solar), exceeding coal-fired power generation for the first time.


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