Path open to 100% RE by 2050
Greenpeace claims power could come from solely from renewables
Renewables could supply the whole of the world’s electricity by 2050, according to a new report from Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council.
The Energy [R]evolution 2015 report outlines how a transition to 100% renewables by 2050 would create millions of new jobs and save money.
The report updates previous Energy [R]evolution scenarios, and offers an advanced scenario with a 100% renewable energy supply, as well as providing an extrapolation of the IEA's World Energy Outlook Current Policies scenario for comparison purposes.
In both the Energy [R]evolution and advanced scenarios wind power is the largest source of electricity globally by 2050, supplying about 30% and 32% respectively.
The wind industry alone could employ 8m people by 2030, nearly 10 times more than today, almost twice as many people as currently employed by the oil and gas industry, the report said.
Within 15 years, renewables' share of electricity generation would triple from 21% today to 64% - covering nearly two-thirds of global electricity demand, it added.
Global Wind Energy Council secretary general Steve Sawyer said: “We now have competitive technologies which can solve the major part of the climate problem.
“What is needed now is the political will to enact the appropriate policies and fiscal and regulatory measures to implement them fully.
“The new Energy [R]evolution 2015 clearly shows that the renewable energy revolution is underway, and it's unstoppable.
“The question the politicians in Paris need to answer is: Will they help make it happen in time to save the climate?”