RENEWABLE energy sources are expected to contribute up to 80% of global energy supply by 2050, a new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims.
The IPCC says renewables will play the major role in any successful plan to combat climate change. Moreover, this will be achieved competitively.
“The report clearly demonstrates that renewable technologies could supply the world with more energy than it would ever need,” said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council.
Sawyer said the report, which has been endorsed by 194 countries, “represents the most comprehensive high level review” of renewable energy.
In 2009, around 12.9% of global primary energy supply and 19% of global electricity supply was covered by renewable sources, including traditional biomass. The world’s wind power capacity now produces enough power to cover for around 2.5% of global electricity demand.