Taken From Clean Energy Canada
Published Sept 21, 2014
Those feeling energized and inspired by yesterday’s 310,000-strong People’s Climate March have another reason to feel optimistic about solutions to the global climate crisis today.
That’s because this morning—on the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit—we released a major new graphical report (above) that spotlights how leading economies and companies are working to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and embrace clean energy.
It’s called Tracking the Energy Revolution, and its 18 pages of maps, charts, and graphics tell the story of how plunging equipment costs, strong investor interest, and government and business leadership are driving a global shift to renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, and water.
In researching the report, we found nations such as China and the United States and companies such as IKEA and Apple are working to reduce their dependence on the fossil fuels that are disrupting our climate.
That’s great news because—as we will likely hear at tomorrow’s UN Climate Summit—clean energy tops the list of solutions we need to solve this crisis.
An United Nations report released in April and supported by almost 200 world governments stated that clean energy production will have to at least triple today’s levels and dominate world energy supplies by 2050 in order to avoid catastrophic climate disruption.
Tracking the Energy Revolution paints a vivid picture of the efforts underway to that end:
- 144 countries now have renewable-energy targets
- Last year, investors directed $207 billion into clean energy projects worldwide
- 60 percent of Fortune 100 firms have goals for boosting renewable energy use
- Last year was the first time China invested more money in new clean-energy capacity than it did in new coal plants.
- Worldwide, 6.5 million people now work in the renewable energy industry.
If you’d like to help get the word out on some of the key findings of today’s report, please save and share one of the graphics embedded below. Please be sure to mention our twitter handle, @cleanenergycan, or cite our Facebook page, Clean Energy Canada. Thanks!