83% of new energy capacity comes from renewables – IRENA and WMO report

In 2022, 83% of new energy capacities were renewable. This is stated in the report of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), writes AusSMC.

The document was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference COP28 in Dubai. According to the report, solar and wind energy provided the largest increase last year.

Experts also say that about 40% of energy production now comes from renewable sources.

This is an important trend for achieving the decarbonization of energy systems by 2050, which will be accompanied by a sharp and decisive reduction in fossil fuel consumption.

“Renewable energy, primarily driven by the dynamic forcs of solar, wind and water cycle, has surged to the forefront of our global power generation. This transition is a powerful catalyst for mitigating climate change, safeguarding our planet, and ensuring a prosperous future for generations to come,” said WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas.

Earlier, the analytical company Ember reported that in 2022, solar and wind power plants together provided 12% of the world’s electricity needs. This is a record. However, the share of electricity generated from the combustion of traditional fuels, coal, gas and oil, increased to 61.2%.