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  • RENEWABLES 2007 GLOBAL STATUS REPORT Are Renewables Approaching a Tipping Point? Janet L. Sawin, Ph.D. Worldwatch Institute
  • Investment in New Renewable Capacity, 1995–2007 (excluding large-hydro) Source: REN21 2007 GSR
  • World Solar PV Capacity, 1990–2007 Source: REN21 2007 GSR
  • World Wind Capacity, 1990–2007 Source: REN21 2007 GSR
  • World Biofuels Production, 1990–2007 Source: F.O. Licht, REN21 2007
  • Average Annual Global Growth Rates of Various Energy Sources, 2001–2006 Source: Worldwatch, BP
  • National Policies
    • RE targets – at least 64 countries
    • RE electricity policies – at least 60 countries
    • RPS – now in at least 44 countries, states, and/or provinces
    • Feed-in policies – now in at least 37 countries and 9 states and provinces
  • China Taking the Lead
    • No. 1 in solar thermal heating
    • Rising leader in wind power
    • Explosive PV growth
      • 65 MW in ‘04 to >1,500 in ‘07
  • Cities Turning to Renewables Cities with RE policies and/or goals include:
    • Adelaide, Australia
    • Austin, TX
    • Barcelona, Spain
    • Betim, Brazil
    • Berlin, Germany
    • Cape Town, S. Africa
    • Daegu, Korea
    • The Hague, Netherlands
    • London, UK
    • Mexico City, Mexico
    • Nagpur, India
    • New York, NY
    • Rizhao, China
    • Salt Lake City, UT
    • Tokyo, Japan
    • Vancouver, Canada
  • Additional RE Benefits Include:
    • Job creation > 2.5 million RE jobs worldwide
    • Reduced CO2 emissions
    • Economic benefits
    • Energy security
    • Cleaner environment
    • Improved health and better quality of life
  • Current Technical Potential of Renewable Resources Relative to World Energy Consumption Source: UNDP, Johansson et al.
  • Thank you! Janet L. Sawin, Ph.D. Visit us at www.worldwatch.org Recent reports include: American Energy and Powering China’s Development (11/07) Renewables 2007 Global Status Report Released March 2008 www.ren21.net