Global renewable energy capacity jumped 8.3% in 2013 which is a new record mainly due to overwhelming support from emerging economies with supportive policies.

An increasing amount of developing countries now embrace renewable energy growth — increasing the expansion of renewable energy more than six-fold in just eight years, from 15 developing countries in 2005 to 95 early this year.

These 95 developing nations today make up the vast majority of the 144 countries with renewable energy support policies and targets in place. The rise of developing world support contrasts with declining support and renewable policy uncertainty and even retroactive support reductions in some European countries and the United States.

Launched at the UN-hosted Sustainable Energy for All in New York, the 2014 report credits support policies with a central role in driving global renewable energy capacity to a new record level last year – 1,560 gigawatts (GW), up 8.3% from 2012.

More than 22 % of the world’s power production now comes from renewable sources — now that’s a punch line!

“Global perceptions of renewable energy have shifted considerably,” says Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy for the 21st Century).

“Over the last 10 years, continuing technology advances and rapid deployment of many renewable energy technologies have demonstrated that the question is no longer whether renewables have a role to play in the provision of energy services, but rather how we can best increase the current pace to achieve a 100% renewables future with full energy access for all. For this to be become reality, current thinking needs to change: continuing the status quo of a patchwork of policies and actions is no longer sufficient.”

Access the Renewables 2014 Global Status Report hereREN21

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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