Renewables could supply the whole of the world’s electricity by 2050, according to a new report from Greenpeace International and the Global Wind Energy Council.
The Energy [R]evolution 2015 report outlines how a transition to 100% renewables by 2050 would create millions of new jobs and save money.
The report updates previous Energy [R]evolution scenarios, and offers an advanced scenario with a 100% renewable energy supply, as well as providing an extrapolation of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook Current Policies scenario for comparison purposes.
In both the Energy [R]evolution and advanced scenarios wind power is the largest source of electricity globally by 2050, supplying about 30% and 32% respectively.
The wind industry alone could employ 8m people by 2030, nearly 10 times more than today, almost twice as many people as currently employed by the oil and gas industry, the report said.
Within 15 years, renewables’ share of electricity generation would triple from 21% today to 64% – covering nearly two-thirds of global electricity demand, it added.