Renewables are set to become the world’s largest source of electricity generation by 2025, ending coal’s five decades at the top of the power mix.
By then, renewables should supply a third of global electricity according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
It also found renewable power is growing robustly around the world this year, contrasting with the sharp declines triggered by the Covid-19 crisis in many other parts of the energy sector such as oil, gas and coal.
New additions of renewable power capacity worldwide will increase to a record level of almost 200 gigawatts this year.
Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director, said: “The resilience and positive prospects of the sector are clearly reflected by continued strong appetite from investors – and the future looks even brighter with new capacity additions on course to set fresh records this year and next.”
Meanwhile, the latest BEIS Public Attitudes Tracker found that almost 80% of people in the UK support the use of renewable energy.
Backing is strongest for solar power at 85%, while 79% support wave and tidal power. Offshore and onshore wind energy had the approval of 77% and 73% of respondents.
Melanie Onn, Deputy Chief executive of RenewableUK, said: “The sky-high level of public support in this latest poll chimes with the Prime Minister’s announcement that he wants every UK home to be powered by offshore wind by 2030."