Although the demand for green energy increase, the same for fossil fuel.
Recent reports from major climate organizations are painting a really mixed image for the long run of worldwide energy use. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says that renewable energy currently forms one-third of the world's total energy capacity -- its highest level ever -- however at the same time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that energy demand is growing at the quickest pace this decade, and fossil fuels are leading the charge.
According to Irena, 171 GW of renewable energy was boosted to the world mix in 2018, marking an annual increase of 7.9 percent, and accounting for two-thirds of recent power generation capacity altogether. Hydropower takes the biggest share with 1,172GW worldwide, followed by wind at 564GW and solar with 480GW, though solar saw the biggest growth in 2018.
However, despite this growth - that Irena says "continues the outstanding trend of the last 5 years" - it seems that our appetite for fossil fuels hasn't subsided. In fact, it's raised. because the IEA report demonstrates, gas emerged because the planet's fuel of choice in 2018, posting the largest gains and accounting for 45 % of the increase in overall energy consumption. Add coal to the mix, and fossil fuels accounted for nearly 70 % of the extra growth for the second year running. This all adds up to a 1.7 % rise in CO2 emissions, that reached thirty-three Gigatonnes in 2018.