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Global electricity review 2021 3.72 MB

This annual report analyses electricity data from every country in the world to give the first accurate view of the global electricity transition in 2020. It aggregates generation data by fuel by country from 2000. 68 countries comprising 90% of world electricity generation have full-year data to 2020 and have formed the basis of an estimate for changes in worldwide generation. All remaining countries have full data as far as 2019. G20 countries, which comprise 84% of world electricity generation, each have a separate in-depth country analysis.

Key findings:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic paused electricity demand growth
  • Wind and solar showed resilient growth, rising to supply almost a tenth of global electricity
  • Wind and solar helped push coal power to a record fall
  • China was the only G20 country with a large increase in coal generation
  • Global power sector emissions were still higher than in 2015, when the Paris climate agreement was signed
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