A new report from the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), a body affiliated with the United Nations and the International Energy Agency (IEA), says renewable energy accounts for over half of all new electricity capacity added in the United States and Europe during 2009.
The REN21 report highlights the shift in manufacturing and deployment of these new energy technologies from developed nations to growing ecnomies like China, Brazil and India.
In 2009, China produced 40% of global solar PV and 30% of all wind turbines; a massive increase from 10% in 2007.
However, despite its advances in implementing green power, China’s carbon dioxide emissions also increased in 2009. It has overtaken the United States and now claims the title of highest emitting nation in the world.