Map of the day: Renewable energy by continent

With the sources listed being hydro, solar, wind, and agrofuels:


From Views of the World, the blog of University of Iceland researcher Benjamin Hennig:

The capacity of renewable energy produced in the world has grown by over 47 per cent in the past five years, according to statistics by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In 2015 alone the world has seen a growth of 8.3 per cent in renewable power generation, which is the highest annual growth rate ever recorded. By the end of last year, a capacity of 1,985 Gigawatts (GW) existed globally. In comparison, this is 5.3 times the amount of energy produced by all nuclear power plants.

All countries in the world have at least one abundant renewable resource, but the role of renewables in the domestic energy production varies significantly depending on the overall energy potential and demand but also depending on political and economic decisions. In the European Union, the share of renewable energy was around 15 percent in 2014, with the political target of increasing this to 20 per cent by 2020.

This map provides a global overview of the installed renewable energy capacity across main regions in 2015 as documented in IRENA data. The depiction is a circular cartogram in which the areas of each circle relates to the total power capacity in four main sources of renewable energy: Hydropower (which accounts for approximately 53 per cent of global renewable energy capacity), wind (22 per cent), solar (11 per cent), and bio (5 per cent, here including solid biomass and biogas). Not included here are geothermal and marine energy as well as liquid biofuels and pumped storage/mixed plants.


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