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Share of wind and solar in electricity production

The share of wind and solar energy is growing rapidly and steadily (+1.2pt in 2020) reaching 9.5%

Share of wind and solar in electricity production

The share of wind and solar energy is growing rapidly and steadily (+1.2pt in 2020) reaching 9.5%

Breakdown by country (%)
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World

Trend over 1990 - 2020 - %

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% in electricity production (2020) - %

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15%


The share of solar and wind in Australia’s power mix grew by 2.9 points in 2020

The share of wind and solar energy is growing rapidly and steadily (+1.2pt in 2020) reaching 9.5%

In 2020, the share of wind and solar in the global power mix rose by 1.2 pts, as renewable power generation continued to grow at a high pace (+12% for wind and +20% for solar), while thermal – especially coal-fired – and nuclear power generation declined. Offshore wind power generation increased by 16%, driven by a surge in the UK, China, Germany and Belgium. These four countries commissioned nearly 20 GW of offshore wind capacity over the past 5 years (nearly 90% of global additions over this period). The COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn failed to derail renewable installations, which hit records in 2020, with over 126 GW of new solar capacity and nearly 112 GW of new wind capacity added globally. China alone accounted for 65% of wind additions (72 GW) and for 39% of solar additions (49 GW), raising its wind and solar generation by 16% and 21%, respectively, to nearly 10% of its power mix. Falling costs and ambitious renewable policies continued to support the growth of wind and solar in the USA (+13% and 18%, respectively, to over 11% of the power mix), the EU (+2.7 pts to 20% of the power mix), Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, Brazil and Mexico. Wind and solar technologies are progressing in Russia and Saudi Arabia, despite a still marginal share. They also remain marginal in Africa (despite a growing share in Egypt and South Africa) and in fossil fuel producing areas (CIS and the Middle East), even if rising rapidly in the United Arab Emirates.

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May

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Apr

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose by 7.3% in 2021, due to higher emissions from the power sector, industry and aviation; however, they remain below their 2019 levels.

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Apr

India's crude oil production declined by 2.7% in the fiscal year 2021-2022 (April 2021 to March 2022) to 29.7 Mt, in line with the recent decrease in oil production due to ageing fields. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) produced 19.45 Mt of crude oil (-3.6%). With the economic recovery, refineries processed 242 Mt of crude oil in the fiscal year 2021-2022 (+9%), producing 254 Mt of petroleum products (+8.9%). In addition, natural gas output rose by 18.7% to 34 bcm in the fiscal year 2021-2022.

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Apr

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