IEA: Global renewable energy capacity will climb by 200GW in 2020, more in 2021

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global renewable electricity installation will hit a record level in 2020, according to the International Energy Agency, in sharp contrast with the declines caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the fossil fuel sectors.The IEA report published on Tuesday says almost 90% of new electricity generation in 2020 will be renewable, with just 10% powered by gas and coal. The trend puts green electricity on track to become the largest power source in 2025, displacing coal, which has dominated for the past 50 years.Growing acceptance of the need to tackle the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions has made renewable energy increasingly attractive to investors. The IEA reports that shares in renewable equipment makers and project developers have outperformed most major stock market indices and that the value of shares in solar companies has more than doubled since December 2019.“Renewable power is defying the difficulties caused by the pandemic, showing robust growth while others fuels struggle,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director. “The resilience and positive prospects of the sector are clearly reflected by continued strong appetite from investors. Fossil fuels have had a turbulent time in 2020 as Covid-related measures caused demand from transport and other sectors to plunge.“In 2025, renewables are set to become the largest source of electricity generation worldwide, ending coal’s five decades as the top power provider,” Birol said. “By that time, renewables are expected to supply one-third of the world’s electricity.”The IEA forecasts that new renewable capacity around the world will increase by a record 200 gigawatts in 2020, driven by China and the US where developers are rushing to take advantage of expiring incentive schemes. There is even stronger growth to come in 2021, the IEA said, when India and the European Union will be the driving forces. But growth could decline slightly in 2022 under current policies, the IEA warned.[Damian Carrington]More: International Energy Agency expects green electricity to end coal’s 50-year reign by 2025 IEA: Global renewable energy capacity will climb by 200GW in 2020, more in 2021last_img read more

Sherwood steering Villa to safety

first_imgTim Sherwood targeted two wins to guarantee survival for Aston Villa but they are closing in on their goal faster than the manager realises. Sherwood, whose side have won three of their last four games, is delighted Villa are closing in on the safety target he was given when he replaced Paul Lambert in February. He said: “We are going in the right direction, aren’t we. “A couple more wins and we will be all right.” Reflecting on the performance against West Ham, he said: “It was impossible to be as dominant as we were in the first half for 90 minutes. “It is a Premier League game – you don’t get 90 minutes of domination. “But it was as comfortable as it could be at this stage of the season. “In the first half we were more open and expansive. In the second half we were professional and knew how to kill the game off. “We limited West Ham to one header at goal which was James Collins and you expect Shay Given to save. “Even in the second period we were creating the better chances.” Defeat means West Ham have failed to win on the road in the league since December and they have scored just four top-flight away goals in 2015. The Hammers face Everton and Newcastle in their final two games and defender Aaron Cresswell wants a strong end to the campaign. “We want to finish with a flourish by taking six points from the two games against Everton and Newcastle, to try and finish as high up that table as we can,” he told the club’s official website. “We just need to take one of the chances we’re creating, but unfortunately we couldn’t do that on Saturday and we paid the price with the goal they scored in the first half. “We were disappointed with the way we conceded. (Jack) Grealish pulled it back from the line and unfortunately for us it’s gone through James Collins’ legs and the lad’s tapped it in. “They’re fighting for their lives down at the bottom and that’s never nice for anyone, including the players. “They were 1-0 up and they were always going to sit back in the last 15, 20 minutes. We just needed that goal which we couldn’t get.” Tom Cleverley’s first-half strike sealed a 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday to put Villa four points above the Barclays Premier League drop zone. Villa have two games left and go to Southampton next weekend before a home finale with relegated Burnley. One win would make Villa’s safety certain, although they may already have sufficient points. Press Associationlast_img read more