Renewable Energy

India: Topping in Renewables

Riding the commitments and initiatives by the G7 and G20 nations in 2015, and the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on Sustainable Energy for All (SDG 7), besides the commitments made by 195 countries to limit global warming to well below 2o C at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, with 147 countries referring to renewable energy, and 167 countries referring to energy efficiency, renewable energy continued to register a steady growth . An additional 147 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capacity which has been the largest annual increase ever, was recorded during the period, while renewable heat capacity increased by around 38 gigawatts-thermal (GWth). Total production of biofuels also rose during this period. Global investment climbed to a new record level, with renewables outpacing fossil fuels for net investment in power capacity additions. Employment in the renewable energy sector (not including large-scale hydropower) increased in 2015 to an estimated 8.1 million jobs (direct and indirect). Solar PV and biofuels provided the largest numbers of renewable energy jobs, with India, China, Brazil and the USA registering as the leading employers . By 2015 end, there was enough renewable capacity in place to supply 23.7 per cent of global electricity, with hydropower providing about 16.6 per cent. Small scale...

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