UN: renewable energy surges as power emissions keep rising

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Worldwide investment in renewable energy since 2009 was on course to hit US$2.6 trillion by the end of the year, largely driven by “spectacular” falls in the price of solar panels, the UN’s annual assessment of green energy trends, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019, said.

The world’s renewable capacity, power generated from solar, wind, geothermal and biomass, rose from 414 gigawatts (GW) in 2009 to 1650GW this year, and renewable energy now accounts for 12.9 per cent of all electricity generated on Earth.

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