The global energy system is undergoing rapid transformation. With the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement serving as inspiration, countries, cities and corporations all over the world continue to take meaningful action on renewable energy development. While a pressing need to increase momentum exists, 2019 has been a year of bold ambition and remarkable achievements.
Here are 20 reminders, from media outlets around the world, of how the energy transformation has advanced over the last 12 months.
19 March 2019- The World Bank's first geothermal investment in the Caribbeans signals an important development for the technolgy in the region. (Caribbean News Service)
29 June 2019 - The world's largest solar farm became operational in Abu Dhabi, delivering power to more than 90,000 people. (Gulf News)
05 September 2019 - Rapidly falling costs, particularly of solar and wind, helped attract $2.6 trillion in renewable energy investments in the past decade. (Bloomberg)
20 September 2019 - Wind power generation fell by 30 per cent, with record low costs falling below the cost of power generated from coal in the UK. (Independent)
26 September 2019 - Latin America pledges to go 70 per cent renewables by 2030 ahead of the U.N. Climate Action Summit in 2019. (NBC News)
18 October 2019 - The largest floating solar plant was inaugurated in France, marking an important milestone for the technology's development. (Euractiv)
21 November 2019 - A massive $20 billion project to export solar power from Australia to Singapore, received tens of millions of dollars in investments from two Australian billionaires. (Straits Times)
11 December 2019 - The first commercial, all-electric flight took off in Vancouver, Canada, marking an important step in the decarbonisation of the aviation sector. (BBC)
07 December 2019 - US steel industry tackles carbon emissions with plans to build the first wind-powered steel plant in Missouri and the first solar-powered steel plant in Colorado. (CNBC)
11 December 2019 - The EU takes decisive climate action, pledging to transform its economy and become the world's first zero carbon continent by 2050. (The Gaurdian)
15 December 2019 - A Thai village powered by solar energy demonstrates the potential of renewables in transforming lives in rural communities. (Channel News Asia)