Renewables 2014 Global Status Report

REN 21 2014.

First released in 2005, REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of the renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends in the renewable energy market. Renewable energy provided an estimated 19% of global energy consumption in 2012, and continued to grow in 2013. Of this total share in 2012, modern renewables accounted for approximately 10%, with the remainder (estimated at just over 9%) coming from traditional biomass. Heat energy from modern renewable sources accounted for an estimated 4.2% of total energy use; hydropower made up about 3.8%, and an estimated 2% was provided by power from wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass, as well as by biofuels.

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