Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR) – REN21 published an annual report on statistics on renewable energy sources (RES) in the world. According to the data, last year was record-breaking in terms of RES expansion. 70% of new production capacities completed last year were renewable sources.
Renewable power generation capacity saw its largest annual increase ever with an estimated 178 gigawatts added globally: 100 GW in PV and 52 GW in wind energy. 75% of global investments were in China, UE and USA.
Despite of growing renewable energy capacity, last year global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.4%. The increase in carbon emissions was the result of robust global economic growth, lower fossil fuel prices and weaker energy efficiency efforts.