Over the past several years, the world has witnessed an upward trend in climate and clean energy investment. This has helped drive down costs of innovative low-carbon technologies, which has enabled their incredible market growth. In many situations, renewable energy sources, such as wind and utility-scale solar, are now cost-competitive with traditional fossil fuel sources. The following factsheet highlights the most current data on global investment in low-carbon technologies.
Data and Statistics: Global Data
This series of reports provides an overview of the current status of renewable energy worldwide. It provides statistics and written descriptions of the market size for various technologies (wind, biomass, solar PV, geothermal, CSP, hydro, ocean) as well as heating/cooling of buildings and transportation fuels (ethanol, biodiesel). It includes a detailed overview of renewable energy policies by country.
IEA’s series of clean energy reports examine the technological and market-related progress being made across the clean energy sector. It reports on developments in technology and energy markets mainly for Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)-member countries, and tracks this development against targets outlined in IEA’s Energy Technology Perspectives 2°C scenario.
This survey provides insights from senior-level utility executives from all over the world about trends and pressures facing the utility industry. It finds that utility executives overwhelmingly (97%) anticipate significant industry disruption by 2020. A majority of survey respondents anticipated distributed generation would achieve a 10-20% share of total generation by 2020, rising to 20-30% by 2030. In response, 2/3 of global executives agree that change to business models is becoming urgent.
This study presents and updated analysis on the earth’s global surface temperature, revealing that temperatures are higher than previously reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2013. These results counter the notion of a “hiatus” in rising global surface temperatures, concluding that warming trends within the 21st century closely match those from the second half of the 20th century.
This report synthesizes data gathered during a literature review of studies that quantify the economic, environmental, and social impacts associated with urban development. It concludes that compact, walkable, and transit-oriented development creates sustainable, healthy, and economically vibrant cities. The elements of urban design necessary for sustainable development are characterized by The 8 Principles, which are originally defined in Planning Cities for People.
This report series discusses the economic trends of the advanced energy market. Advanced energy is defined as a broad range of technologies, products, and services that help meet society’s energy needs. The report discusses market conditions in each of advanced energy’s seven industry segments; transportation, fuel production, fuel delivery, buildings, industry, electricity generation, and electricity delivery and management.
Bringing Variable Renewable Energy up to Scale: Options for Grid Integration Using Natural Gas and Energy Storage
This report investigates the nature of variable renewable energy (VNE) and the challenges of integrating VNE into power systems around the world. It describes ways to increase grid flexibility, highlighting natural gas-fired power generation and energy storage, and concludes with recommendations for grid planners, policymakers, and regulators.
This report pulls together climate finance data from a variety of sources covering the scale, key actors, instruments, recipients, and uses of finance toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. It provides key lessons for policymakers about where policy and public resources can make the largest impact.