The NRDC predicts that the G20 will produce less than 4 percent from renewables by 2015 and 6 percent by 2020, up from only 2.6 percent currently and 0.86 percent in 2002.
In preparation for the Rio+20 conference, a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) tracks changes in renewable energy use since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.
According to the report, the G20 countries are expected to produce less than 4 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015 and less than 6 percent by 2020, based on current trends. One of the goals for Rio+20, however, is to conceive a plan that will boost total world electricity production via renewable resources to 15 percent by 2020.
The NRDC report features scorecard tables, holding governments accountable for their progress in clean energy investment and production, especially since the G20 nations accounted for more than 80 percent of the world’s energy consumption in 2010.
Amanda Northrop is a student at Grand Valley State University and a design intern for Circle of Blue. This infographic accompanies a June 13 posting by editorial intern Lydia Belanger: Countdown To Rio. Reach Amanda at circleofblue.org/contact.
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