In alignment with the recent shift away from fossil fuels, the G20 countries have collectively produced 8% of their electricity from solar, wind and other green energy resources, up from 4.6% in 2010.
New figures show that renewable energy generation in the world’s 20 major economies has increased by 70% in the past five years.
According to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance research group, Germany led the way with 36% renewables, followed by the UK, Italy and France, which all generated more than 19% of their electricity from renewables.
This growth has been particularly impressive in the UK, which showed a vast increase from 6% renewables in 2010 to 24 per cent last year.
Australia and Brazil reached 11% and 13% respectively, whilst the overall number for members of the EU was 18%.
Whilst China is the world’s largest clean energy market, accounting for nearly a third of the US $329 billion global investment in clean energy last year, renewable power stations only accounted for a 5% share of China’s electricity last year. This is roughly the same figure as India, Mexico and Japan.
In the US, renewables have only accounted for 8% of the country’s total output last year.
The data does not include hydropower, instead focusing on the development of newer forms of green energy such as solar and wind farms.