Trends towards renewable energy use in the leading Greenhouse Gas Emitting Countries
This report focuses on efforts to reach the 100% renewable energy standard by 22 of the leading greenhouse gas emitting countries. Unfortunately, with only one exception, France, most of these countries have still to make such a commitment. The Report identifies the current level of each country’s commitment and highlights successful efforts being implemented at the local and regional level. Achieving an economy that runs on 100% renewable energy by 2050 is the climate change gold standard. Reaching this goal will be a major step to preserve the well being of our planet and to avoid us going beyond the 1.5 degree Celsius global warming and ecological disaster tipping point. The commitment of reaching a 100% renewable energy economy was agreed to at UN Conference of the Parties (COP) 21 by 43 of the world’s most vulnerable countries in a document known as the Manila-Paris Declaration. Fifty-three of the world’s largest businesses have also committed to sourcing 100% of their electricity from renewables by 2050.