Use of coal is falling and renewables are surging around the world, but the progress is not enough to meet the targets set under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, scientists have warned.
Over the first half of 2020, wind turbines and solar panels together produced a record 10 per cent of the world’s electricity – a rise of 14 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Meanwhile power output from coal plants fell by 8.3 per cent, and overall electricity demand fell 3 per cent due to coronavirus lockdowns, according to a report by independent climate think tank Ember.
Despite the drop, coal plants still produced 33 per cent of the world’s electricity during the period.
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