Renewable Energy Explosion in Emerging Countries by 2020
Driven primarily by the rapidly expanding economies of China and India, renewable energy in emerging countries is expected to increase dramatically by the end of the decade, says business intelligence provider GlobalData in a new study.
According to the company’s latest report, India, Mexico, China, South Africa, Russia, Brazil and Indonesia will more than triple their combined renewable energy installed capacity in the near future – from an estimated 127 gigawatts (GW)in 2012 to 403 GW by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 14.1%.
Of these seven countries, China is expected to be the largest contributor, thanks to an extremely healthy wind energy sector. In China, wind energy alone is expected to jump from a 2011 installed capacity of 62 GW to 195 GW in 2020, accounting for the majority of the country’s predicted total renewable capacity of 274 GW.
Renewable energy will also show strong growth in India, states GlobalData. With the country moving to take advantage of its huge water, solar, biomass and biofuel resources, the sector’s total installed capacity is forecast to climb at a CAGR of 15.5%, reaching 78 GW by the end of the decade from 20 GW in 2011.
GlobalData’s report states that, of the seven emerging nations evaluated, the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China accounted for 94.5% of the total installed renewable capacity for 2011.
In terms of power consumption, all seven nations are expected to increase their combined share of the global amount from 36% in 2011 to 42% in 2020.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.