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40% of global electricity is generated from Low Carbon

39.54 % Share of global electricity

Lowcarbon energy refers to power generated using sources that emit a minimal amount of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. This form of energy is seen as an essential component in the global effort to reduce climate change impacts. Lowcarbon energy takes into consideration a variety of energy generation methods, including solar, wind, and nuclear power.

Measurements for lowcarbon energy are typically contrasted with fossil fuel sources like coal and gas. Using solar as an example, the carbon intensity of solar energy is 45 gCO2eq/kWh, a stark difference from the 820 gCO2eq/kWh of coal. Meanwhile, wind power boasts a carbon intensity of 11 gCO2eq/kWh, and nuclear power has a carbon intensity of 12 gCO2eq/kWh. This diminished emission release is why these forms of energy are classified as lowcarbon. Essentially, electricity generation from lowcarbon sources involves harnessing the energy produced from the sun (solar), wind, or atomic reactions (nuclear), and converting it into a modality we can use, such as electricity.

One key advantage of lowcarbon energy is its consequent reduced impact on climate change. With lower carbon emissions, lowcarbon energy sources contribute less to the greenhouse effect, limiting global warming and protecting our environment. Knowing that traditional forms of energy generation, such as burning fossil fuels, contribute to harmful climate impacts, using lowcarbon energy sources is a step in the right direction.

When looking at the global electricity consumption, almost 40% is generated from lowcarbon sources. This suggests that lowcarbon energy is not only viable, but actively contributing to global power demands. Such widespread use also promotes further research into improving the efficiency and effectiveness of lowcarbon-based energy generation.

In specific countries, the use of lowcarbon energy sources is even more striking. For instance, Iceland is a world leader, generating 100% of its electricity from lowcarbon sources. Similarly, Norway and Sweden generate 99% and 95% of their electricity from lowcarbon sources respectively. Even in larger countries like Canada, we see a heavy reliance on lowcarbon energy, generating 82% of its electricity in this manner. Finland is following closely, with 90% of its electricity generated from lowcarbon sources.

In conclusion, lowcarbon energy offers a clean, sustainable, and increasingly common solution to meet our global energy requirements. With its minimal environmental impact, continuous improvements, and growing adoption worldwide, the future of lowcarbon energy generation is indeed promising.

Country/Region Watts / person % TWh
Iceland 6125.2 W 99.9% 19.9 TWh
Norway 3188.0 W 99.0% 150.9 TWh
Sweden 1613.3 W 95.3% 147.9 TWh
Canada 1505.6 W 81.8% 503.2 TWh
Finland 1435.3 W 90.5% 69.6 TWh
Bhutan 1321.4 W 100.0% 9.0 TWh
Greenland 1014.4 W 83.3% 0.5 TWh
New Zealand 834.7 W 88.4% 37.5 TWh
France 798.0 W 93.7% 451.1 TWh
Austria 706.0 W 89.4% 55.2 TWh
Paraguay 680.3 W 99.8% 40.0 TWh
Switzerland 623.6 W 100.0% 47.5 TWh
United States 592.3 W 40.8% 1748.6 TWh
Slovenia 588.4 W 77.0% 10.9 TWh
Belgium 568.7 W 71.2% 57.8 TWh
Slovakia 528.9 W 85.2% 25.2 TWh
Denmark 528.7 W 82.9% 27.1 TWh
South Korea 503.6 W 38.7% 228.7 TWh
Spain 484.0 W 77.4% 201.3 TWh
Czechia 453.8 W 57.3% 41.8 TWh
EU 451.7 W 69.8% 1761.1 TWh
Laos 448.3 W 73.0% 29.2 TWh
Portugal 420.1 W 65.5% 37.9 TWh
Bulgaria 397.8 W 60.5% 24.0 TWh
Germany 396.8 W 61.4% 289.9 TWh
Netherlands 395.3 W 51.4% 60.6 TWh
Australia 383.5 W 38.5% 87.1 TWh
Montenegro 373.7 W 56.4% 2.1 TWh
Albania 358.3 W 100.0% 9.0 TWh
Faroe Islands 345.2 W 38.1% 0.2 TWh
French Guiana 342.0 W 66.0% 0.7 TWh
Russia 328.5 W 36.9% 417.5 TWh
Uruguay 327.1 W 81.2% 9.8 TWh
Brazil 324.3 W 92.4% 608.8 TWh
Georgia 321.6 W 73.1% 10.6 TWh
Croatia 313.8 W 61.6% 11.2 TWh
Chile 309.7 W 63.3% 52.9 TWh
Ireland 308.9 W 40.3% 13.5 TWh
Japan 288.8 W 32.4% 315.3 TWh
People's Republic of China 261.4 W 35.9% 3264.8 TWh
Latvia 254.7 W 63.7% 4.2 TWh
Hungary 249.3 W 49.9% 21.2 TWh
Costa Rica 249.0 W 92.0% 11.2 TWh
Venezuela 248.2 W 79.9% 61.3 TWh
United Kingdom 247.8 W 55.9% 146.0 TWh
Greece 241.4 W 48.0% 22.1 TWh
Romania 228.8 W 68.7% 38.7 TWh
Kyrgyzstan 227.3 W 89.5% 13.0 TWh
Lithuania 222.2 W 40.6% 5.4 TWh
Republic of China (Taiwan) 219.9 W 16.4% 46.0 TWh
Ukraine 218.9 W 74.6% 83.5 TWh
Panama 218.5 W 74.4% 8.3 TWh
Tajikistan 210.7 W 91.2% 18.0 TWh
Serbia 203.9 W 38.4% 13.0 TWh
Bosnia & Herzegovina 197.8 W 41.3% 5.7 TWh
United Arab Emirates 191.3 W 11.3% 15.7 TWh
Italy 190.9 W 35.4% 99.1 TWh
Luxembourg 190.4 W 22.6% 1.1 TWh
Suriname 190.0 W 36.2% 1.0 TWh
Estonia 184.0 W 26.9% 2.1 TWh
New Caledonia 182.5 W 13.7% 0.5 TWh
Turkey 180.5 W 41.5% 134.1 TWh
Armenia 169.3 W 56.6% 4.1 TWh
Ecuador 166.3 W 70.8% 25.9 TWh
The World 162.1 W 39.5% 11231.5 TWh
Aruba 160.7 W 16.1% 0.1 TWh
Guadeloupe 150.1 W 31.2% 0.5 TWh
Vietnam 139.8 W 42.6% 119.4 TWh
Argentina 137.3 W 40.3% 54.5 TWh
Cook Islands 134.1 W 40.0% 0.0 TWh
Colombia 126.7 W 65.1% 57.2 TWh
Curaçao 125.1 W 21.1% 0.2 TWh
Poland 122.4 W 26.1% 41.1 TWh
Malaysia 116.9 W 19.0% 34.4 TWh
Réunion 113.3 W 30.8% 0.9 TWh
Peru 109.9 W 54.6% 32.5 TWh
El Salvador 100.9 W 67.4% 5.6 TWh
Cyprus 100.3 W 21.1% 1.1 TWh
Zambia 95.7 W 92.2% 16.3 TWh
Fiji 87.7 W 62.8% 0.7 TWh
French Polynesia 86.4 W 32.9% 0.2 TWh
Seychelles 85.8 W 12.3% 0.1 TWh
Belarus 84.5 W 16.2% 7.1 TWh
Kazakhstan 83.6 W 12.4% 14.1 TWh
South Africa 74.3 W 17.1% 38.6 TWh
Belize 74.2 W 26.3% 0.3 TWh
Honduras 69.2 W 52.0% 6.2 TWh
Namibia 67.7 W 39.9% 1.5 TWh
North Macedonia 67.2 W 18.0% 1.2 TWh
Eswatini 67.0 W 42.2% 0.7 TWh
Israel 63.6 W 6.8% 5.0 TWh
Mexico 63.6 W 18.2% 70.5 TWh
Dominica 63.0 W 23.5% 0.0 TWh
Guatemala 62.3 W 66.6% 9.6 TWh
Mozambique 57.7 W 81.4% 16.2 TWh
Malta 57.2 W 10.5% 0.3 TWh
Mauritius 53.6 W 21.2% 0.6 TWh
Guam 53.5 W 4.4% 0.1 TWh
North Korea 52.8 W 83.2% 12.0 TWh
Jordan 52.7 W 23.4% 5.2 TWh
Gabon 49.7 W 35.9% 1.0 TWh
Thailand 47.3 W 13.6% 29.7 TWh
St. Vincent & Grenadines 43.8 W 25.0% 0.0 TWh
Cuba 42.8 W 21.4% 4.2 TWh
Nicaragua 42.2 W 42.2% 2.5 TWh
Angola 39.0 W 71.8% 11.8 TWh
India 35.0 W 24.1% 431.0 TWh
Pakistan 33.2 W 51.9% 67.3 TWh
Barbados 32.5 W 7.5% 0.1 TWh
Sri Lanka 32.3 W 37.7% 6.2 TWh
Cambodia 31.7 W 37.4% 4.6 TWh
Zimbabwe 31.5 W 45.1% 4.4 TWh
Samoa 31.3 W 35.3% 0.1 TWh
Dominican Republic 31.0 W 17.2% 3.0 TWh
Iran 30.8 W 6.2% 23.7 TWh
Equatorial Guinea 30.7 W 31.0% 0.4 TWh
Bolivia 30.6 W 28.5% 3.2 TWh
Jamaica 28.7 W 16.3% 0.7 TWh
Sudan 27.4 W 66.1% 11.0 TWh
Singapore 26.5 W 2.5% 1.4 TWh
Mongolia 25.6 W 9.1% 0.8 TWh
Philippines 25.5 W 22.6% 25.4 TWh
Ghana 25.4 W 34.9% 7.3 TWh
Morocco 25.2 W 19.4% 8.2 TWh
Lesotho 25.0 W 48.5% 0.5 TWh
Antigua & Barbuda 24.5 W 5.7% 0.0 TWh
Kenya 24.4 W 84.8% 11.3 TWh
Egypt 24.4 W 11.2% 23.4 TWh
St. Kitts & Nevis 24.0 W 4.5% 0.0 TWh
Lebanon 23.7 W 5.6% 1.2 TWh
Indonesia 23.4 W 18.1% 56.2 TWh
Nepal 23.3 W 68.8% 6.1 TWh
U.S. Virgin Islands 22.8 W 2.9% 0.0 TWh
Guyana 22.7 W 13.0% 0.2 TWh
Cameroon 21.1 W 62.2% 5.0 TWh
Myanmar (Burma) 19.6 W 42.2% 9.2 TWh
Congo - Brazzaville 19.0 W 24.1% 1.0 TWh
Puerto Rico 17.9 W 2.8% 0.5 TWh
Guinea 17.0 W 72.7% 2.0 TWh
Uzbekistan 16.8 W 8.1% 5.0 TWh
Azerbaijan 15.7 W 5.4% 1.4 TWh
Papua New Guinea 14.8 W 26.5% 1.3 TWh
Moldova 14.0 W 6.9% 0.4 TWh
Ethiopia 13.9 W 99.9% 14.7 TWh
Iraq 13.8 W 4.6% 5.3 TWh
Côte d’Ivoire 13.8 W 30.1% 3.3 TWh
Cape Verde 13.6 W 15.6% 0.1 TWh
Congo - Kinshasa 13.1 W 98.0% 11.0 TWh
Mauritania 12.4 W 24.0% 0.5 TWh
Liberia 11.6 W 57.6% 0.5 TWh
Maldives 10.9 W 7.6% 0.1 TWh
Tonga 10.8 W 12.5% 0.0 TWh
Uganda 10.6 W 97.0% 4.3 TWh
Senegal 7.6 W 18.9% 1.1 TWh
Vanuatu 7.2 W 28.6% 0.0 TWh
Malawi 6.8 W 83.8% 1.2 TWh
Tanzania 6.6 W 44.0% 3.6 TWh
Mali 6.4 W 36.0% 1.2 TWh
São Tomé & Príncipe 5.1 W 10.0% 0.0 TWh
Palestinian Territories 4.4 W 2.8% 0.2 TWh
Nigeria 4.4 W 24.4% 8.3 TWh
Rwanda 4.3 W 58.0% 0.5 TWh
Syria 4.1 W 4.5% 0.8 TWh
Oman 4.0 W 0.4% 0.2 TWh
Central African Republic 3.1 W 100.0% 0.1 TWh
Tunisia 3.1 W 1.7% 0.3 TWh
Madagascar 2.8 W 34.4% 0.7 TWh
Saudi Arabia 2.6 W 0.2% 0.8 TWh
Sierra Leone 2.6 W 90.5% 0.2 TWh
Algeria 2.4 W 1.2% 0.9 TWh
Burundi 2.3 W 54.3% 0.3 TWh
Togo 2.2 W 11.8% 0.2 TWh
Yemen 2.1 W 17.0% 0.6 TWh
Afghanistan 2.0 W 11.3% 0.7 TWh
Haiti 1.3 W 13.1% 0.1 TWh
Burkina Faso 1.2 W 8.2% 0.2 TWh
Bangladesh 0.9 W 1.6% 1.3 TWh
Bahrain 0.8 W 0.0% 0.0 TWh
Trinidad & Tobago 0.7 W 0.1% 0.0 TWh
Botswana 0.4 W 0.2% 0.0 TWh
Eritrea 0.3 W 2.2% 0.0 TWh
Hong Kong SAR China 0.3 W 0.0% 0.0 TWh
Somalia 0.3 W 9.8% 0.0 TWh
Turkmenistan 0.2 W 0.0% 0.0 TWh
Niger 0.2 W 3.1% 0.1 TWh
Libya 0.2 W 0.0% 0.0 TWh
South Sudan 0.1 W 1.8% 0.0 TWh
Benin 0.1 W 1.1% 0.0 TWh
Chad 0.1 W 3.2% 0.0 TWh
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