Fossil fuels accounted for some 80% of global final energy consumption in 2019, the same share of the energy mix as a decade ago, a major new report has revealed. Published by REN21 this week, the latest Global Status Report tracks trends in the fields of energy policy, generation, consumption and markets. The headline finding is that while global renewable energy generation capacity increased by some 5% each year between 2009 and 2019, compared with a 1.7% average annual capacity increase for fossil fuels, renewables are not penetrating the market as quickly as hoped. The share of fossil fuels in the total global energy consumption mix remained steady. Coal, oil and gas accounted for 80.3% of the mix in 2009 and 80.2% of the mix in 2019. This was despite an increase in the proportion of total global energy consumption met with renewables, from 8.7% to 11.2%, across that ten-year period.
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Six climate activists and two environmental NGOs have taken Norway to the European court of human rights (ECHR), arguing the Nordic country’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic are harming young people’s futures. The activists, Greenpeace and Young Friends of the Earth, want the court to rule that Oslo’s 2016 decision to grant 10 Barents Sea oil exploration licences violated article 112 of Norway’s constitution, which guarantees the right to a healthy environment.
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