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Share of renewables in electricity production

Ambitious renewable support policies and falling technology costs are raising the share of RES in the global power mix (+1.8pt)

Share of renewables in electricity production

Ambitious renewable support policies and falling technology costs are raising the share of RES in the global power mix (+1.8pt)

Breakdown by country (%)
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World

Trend over 1990 - 2020 - %

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% in electricity production (2020) - %

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Rise in the share of renewables in the UK’s power mix between 2000 and 2020

Ambitious renewable support policies and falling technology costs are raising the share of RES in the global power mix (+1.8pt)

In 2020, renewable power generation (including hydropower) rose by over 6%, thanks to a continuous growth in wind and solar generation, as the share of hydropower has remained rather stable at around 16% of the global power mix since 2000. This surge in renewable power generation in the EU, the USA, China, India, Japan, Chile and Australia is supported by ambitious climate policies and the continuous fall in costs of solar and wind technologies. The share of renewable energy sources (including hydropower) within the global power generation mix rose by 1.8 percentage point to over 28% of the power mix, following the rising trend it started in the 2000’s. Favourable hydro conditions raised renewable power generation in China, Russia, Europe (especially in Sweden and Norway), Brazil, and Japan. Renewables now cover 39% of the power mix in the EU, 28% in China, 23% in India and 20% in the USA, Russia and Japan.

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Jan

According to Trade Statistics of Japan, Japanese LNG imports declined by 0.2% in 2021 to 74 Mt. In 2020, Japan was the world's largest LNG importer, accounting for around 20% of global imports. However, LNG imports have been declining since 2017 and are now estimated to be lower than China's LNG imports, that grew by nearly 19% in 2021 according to preliminary statistics, making China the largest LNG importer worldwide in 2021.

21

Jan

Renewables accounted for 22.1% of the European Union's gross final energy consumption in 2020, compared to 17.4% in 2015, according to Eurostat. The regional bloc targeted 20% of renewables in gross final energy consumption by 2020. Sweden had by far the highest share among the EU Member States in 2020 (60.1%), followed by Finland (43.8%), Latvia (42.1%), Austria (36.5%) and Portugal (34%). The lowest proportions of renewables were recorded in Malta (10.7%), Luxembourg (11.7%), Belgium (13%) and Hungary (13.9%). France was the only country that missed its 2020 national goal for renewables of 23% with 19.1%. In addition, the share of renewables in electricity consumption rose to 37.5% in 2020 in the EU; they accounted for 23.1% of total energy use for heating and cooling and for 10.2% for transport.

21

Jan

Renewables accounted for 13% of Argentina's power mix in 2021, compared to 10% in 2020, according to the country's Secretary of Energy. Argentina commissioned 26 large-scale renewable projects in 2021, adding 1,005 MW to its national grid. New capacity additions in 2021, which increased by 24% compared to 2020, were mostly wind (42%), bioenergy (31%), solar photovoltaic (PV) (15%) and small hydro (12%); they represented 97% of the new capacity additions in 2021.

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Jan

Renewables accounted for 11.5% of Indonesia's energy mix in 2021, according to the country's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM). Indonesia was expected to reach a 14.5% target of renewables in its energy mix by 2021 as in its National General Energy Planning (RUEN) roadmap for that year. The national energy policy revision (Regulation No. 79/2014) sets a target of 23% of renewables in the total primary energy supply by 2025 (excluding traditional biomass). In addition, Indonesia added only 655 MW of renewables capacity in 2021, compared to an objective of 855 MW.