Renewable energy could power the world by 2050

Published onFebruary 27, 2020

Virtually all the world’s demand for electricity to run transport and to heat and cool homes and offices, as well as to provide the power demanded by industry, could be met by renewable energy by mid-century. This is the consensus of 47 peer-reviewed research papers from 13 independent groups with a total of 91 authors that have been brought together by Stanford University in California. Some of the papers take a broad sweep across the world, adding together the potential for each technology to see if individual countries or whole regions could survive on renewables. Special examinations of small island states, sub-Saharan Africa and individual countries like Germany look to see what the barriers to progress are and how they could be removed.