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Renewable Rankings on Generating Electricity: How G20 Nations Measure Up

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 15, 2012 08:32 AM
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by Glenn Meyers last modified Jun 14, 2012

On the following chart, we see that Germany holds the lead rank, while the Unite States shows a rank of seventh. Of the total G20 nations, a low total of 1.8 percent used some form of renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal) to generate electricity. Here is the alphabetized list of nations




 

 

With the upcoming Earth Summit 2012 scheduled to convene this June, this report comes from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), showing rankings of the G20 nations in terms of renewable electricity production. NRDC writes:

“In 2002, countries met in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 10th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the Johannesburg Earth Summit, countries committed to: “…substantially increase the global share of renewable energy sources with the objective of increasing its contribution to total energy supply…” Since that time, renewable energy deployment and investment have increased, but work remains. At the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit — Earth Summit 2012, scheduled for this June — countries, companies, cities, and individuals need to commit to increasing the amount of wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, and wave power throughout the world, to 15 percent of total electricity by 2020 — more than doubling what is predicted under current trends.”

On the following chart, we see that Germany holds the lead rank, while the Unite States shows a rank of seventh. Of the total G20 nations, a low total of 1.8 percent used some form of renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal, tidal) to generate electricity. Here is the alphabetized list of nations:

2011 G20 Rank

  • Argentina 0.1% 17
  • Australia 2.2% 10
  • Brazil 0.5% 16
  • Canada 1.0% 13
  • China 1.5% 12
  • EU-27 6.7% 2
  • France 2.8% 6
  • Germany 10.7% 1
  • India 2.4% 9
  • Indonesia 5.7% 4
  • Italy 6.2% 3
  • Japan 1.0% 14
  • Mexico 2.6% 8
  • Russia 0.0% 20
  • Saudi Arabia 0.0% 19
  • South Korea 0.9% 15
  • Turkey 1.9% 11
  • United Kingdom 4.2% 5
  • United States 2.7% 7

G20 Total 1.8%

Source: NRDC, U.S. Energy Information Administration, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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