Are Renewables Approaching a Tipping Point?

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  • Are Renewables Approaching a Tipping Point?

    1. 1. RENEWABLES 2007 GLOBAL STATUS REPORT Are Renewables Approaching a Tipping Point? Janet L. Sawin, Ph.D. Worldwatch Institute
    2. 2. Investment in New Renewable Capacity, 1995–2007 (excluding large-hydro) Source: REN21 2007 GSR
    3. 3. World Solar PV Capacity, 1990–2007 Source: REN21 2007 GSR
    4. 4. World Wind Capacity, 1990–2007 Source: REN21 2007 GSR
    5. 5. World Biofuels Production, 1990–2007 Source: F.O. Licht, REN21 2007
    6. 6. Average Annual Global Growth Rates of Various Energy Sources, 2001–2006 Source: Worldwatch, BP
    7. 7. National Policies <ul><li>RE targets – at least 64 countries </li></ul><ul><li>RE electricity policies – at least 60 countries </li></ul><ul><li>RPS – now in at least 44 countries, states, and/or provinces </li></ul><ul><li>Feed-in policies – now in at least 37 countries and 9 states and provinces </li></ul>
    8. 8. China Taking the Lead <ul><li>No. 1 in solar thermal heating </li></ul><ul><li>Rising leader in wind power </li></ul><ul><li>Explosive PV growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>65 MW in ‘04 to >1,500 in ‘07 </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Cities Turning to Renewables Cities with RE policies and/or goals include: <ul><li>Adelaide, Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Austin, TX </li></ul><ul><li>Barcelona, Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Betim, Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>Berlin, Germany </li></ul><ul><li>Cape Town, S. Africa </li></ul><ul><li>Daegu, Korea </li></ul><ul><li>The Hague, Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>London, UK </li></ul><ul><li>Mexico City, Mexico </li></ul><ul><li>Nagpur, India </li></ul><ul><li>New York, NY </li></ul><ul><li>Rizhao, China </li></ul><ul><li>Salt Lake City, UT </li></ul><ul><li>Tokyo, Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Vancouver, Canada </li></ul>
    10. 10. Additional RE Benefits Include: <ul><li>Job creation > 2.5 million RE jobs worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced CO2 emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Economic benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Energy security </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaner environment </li></ul><ul><li>Improved health and better quality of life </li></ul>
    11. 11. Current Technical Potential of Renewable Resources Relative to World Energy Consumption Source: UNDP, Johansson et al.
    12. 12. 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

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