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A new report from the International Energy Agency has found that China is on track to build more renewable power plants through 2035 than the US, the European Union and Japan combined. While the fact that China is heavily funding renewable development isn’t exactly news, the reality that it stands to outstrip other countries by such a wide margin should serve as a wake-up call to the rest of the developed world that we can, and should, be doing more.

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The China findings aren’t the only encouraging finding of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook report. It also found that global renewable sources are expected to make up about 30% of the world’s power within the next 20 years, quickly overtaking natural gas and almost matching the amount of power generated from coal.

Unfortunately, energy-related emissions are also projected to rise by 20%, meaning that global temperatures will likely increase by more than 3.6 degrees Celsius in the long term. So while planned renewable development is encouraging, policies that limit the growth of emissions are also needed for the increased clean energy capacity to really have an impact. A full summary of the report is available on the IEA’s website.

Via Bloomberg