World must triple investment in renewable energy: UN report

Baku, October 13, AZERTAC

Global investments in renewable energy should be tripled by 2050, in order to put the world on the trajectory towards net zero emissions, according to the latest report released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday, Xinhua reports.
The supply of electricity from clean energy sources must be doubled within the next eight years, or global energy security could be undermined, the report said.
According to the WMO's 2022 State of Climate Services report, climate change is putting global energy security at risk. The effects of climate change, including more frequent and intense extreme weather, are directly affecting fuel supply, energy production, and energy infrastructure.
Although water resources are scarce on a global scale, 87 percent of global electricity generated from thermal, nuclear and hydroelectric systems in 2020 directly depended on the availability of water. Some 33 percent of the thermal power plants that rely on freshwater for cooling are in high water stress areas, as are 15 percent of existing nuclear power plants -- a figure that could rise to 25 percent in the next 20 years.
By 2050, global electricity needs will mainly be met with renewable energies, with solar power set to be the single largest source. However, although Africa is home to 60 percent of the best solar resources globally, it only has one percent of installed photovoltaic capacity.
In order to provide access to modern energy for all Africans, an investment of 25 billion U.S. dollars annually is required, the report says. This represents around one percent of current global energy investment.

Environment 2022-10-13 14:38:00