Global Solar Thermal Electricity

Outlook 2016

Publication - 4 February, 2016
This is the 4th joint report of the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA) Greenpeace International and SolarPACES since 2003.

Revised on 21 February 2016

Greenpeace developed a global energy vision – the Energy [R]evolution scenario – which provides a practical blueprint for rapidly cutting energy-related CO2 emissions in order to help ensure that greenhouse gas emissions peak and then fall by 2020. This can be achieved whilst ensuring economies in China, India and other developing nations have access to the energy that they need in order to develop and STE plays an important role especially in this context.

The Global Solar Thermal Electricity Outlook 2016 goes one step further. Whilst the moderate STE market scenario is in line with the Energy [R]evolution scenario, the advanced scenario shows that this technology has even more to offer.

Globally, the STE industry could employ by 2030 as many as 2.7 million people whose job will be to take up a new role in fighting climate change and deliver up to 12% of the world’s electricity by 2050.

This is an inspiring vision not just for our political leaders, in light of the truly historic Paris Agreement agreed by 195 countries at the COP21 climate conference in December 2015, but also millions of citizens around the world: STE technology can indeed contribute to boosting local economies, providing reliable energy supply and most importantly, reducing CO2 emissions by a significant amount in order to limit global temperature increase to 1.5C. The climate clock is ticking and there’s no time to waste. To achieve zero emissions by 2050, we must act now and set ambitious goals on RES shares in the energy mix, aiming at legally binding targets to fast-track the switch from fossil fuels to renewable.

21 February 2016 - Information regarding the South African government's RE procurement program on page 59-60 has been edited.


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