What % renewable energy in total global energy consumption ?


If one asks what is the share of renewable energy in total global energy consumption, most people will answer 2%, 3%, maybe 5%. Wrong!

It is two or three times that, around 13% because biofuels (mainly wood, charcoal and agro-residues) alone should account for more than 10%. When talking about renewable energy, one should be careful with the figures because of the extreme difficulty in getting the right numbers; it is important to add caution words such as “around” or “should” when trying to quantify production and consumption of renewables.

The non-marketed nature of most renewables explains in part the poor quality of the data. But the limited knowledge about renewables, especially biomass, in some countries could lead to dramatic consequences such as acceleration of desertification. So, the call for an urgent change.

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