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Global carbon emissions from electric power may peak this year, report says

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🗞️ Driving the news: A surge in wind and solar power could lead to a peak in carbon emissions from the global electricity sector this year, reports the climate think tank Ember
• Rapid renewable growth is nearing the rate required to achieve the tripling of capacity by the decade's end, aiming to remain on the 1.5C pathway

🔭 The context: Ember's study, encompassing 92% of the world's electricity demand from 78 countries, found a mere 0.2% emissions increase in the first half of 2023 compared to 2022
• Meanwhile, wind and solar power's share of global electricity jumped to 14.3%, up from 12.8% the previous year

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This potential peak in power-sector emissions signals a crucial pivot towards sustainability and a necessary step toward meeting the Paris agreement's goals
• Specifically, global electricity generation must reach net-zero emissions by 2045 to keep temperature increases below 1.5C.

⏭️ What's next: To stay on the 1.5C pathway, there's a pressing need to amplify renewable energy efforts, targeting a tripling of renewable capacity this decade
• With the growth rate of solar and wind sources looking promising, sustained and escalated global commitment is essential

💬 One quote: "Tripling the world’s renewable energy capacity is the single biggest action that governments can take to put the world on a course for a 1.5C-aligned pathway," (Malgorzata Wiatros-Motyka, Ember’s senior electricity analyst)

📈 One stat: Solar power experienced a 16% growth in the first half of 2023 compared to 2022, with 50 countries achieving new monthly solar generation records

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