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Renewable Energy Across the Globe

Generally, each continent has access to most renewable energy sources—solar, wind, tidal, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass. Some continents have an easier or more abundant access to some resources than others. Access to resources in the equatorial regions of Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas is the most isolated, while coastal and mountainous areas have abundant access to wind resources. The Antarctic, unsurprisingly, has the most restricted access to renewable energy sources,with mainly solar and wind energy available.

Great steps have been made across the globe toward adopting more environmentally conscious energy sources.

Overall, South America tops the leader board with almost 66% of the continent’s total electricity produced from renewable sources. This is followed by Europe with 28%, Australia with 22%, North America with 19%, and Africa and Asia with 16% of all electricity coming from renewable energy. There is still progress to be made, of course, but successful countries like Iceland and Brazil, where nearly all electricity needs are provided for by renewable, show that it is possible, here and now.

How each continent makes use of their varied resources is what sets them apart from each other. Check out how each continent is doing at being more sustainable with energy:

Africa – lots of untapped potential
Antartcica – yes, even in Antarctica
Asia – World’s largest producers of solar panels
Australia – hydroelectricity accounts for almost 60% of their renewable energy
Europe – guess which country has the first commercial wave farm
North America – who is the world’s largest wind producer, Canada, Mexico or the United States?
South America – find out why it is the leader in electricity from renewable sources.

Kathryn Hannis

Kathryn spent the first half of her life in Phoenix, Arizona, in the United States. Then, just as she was about to begin her freshman year in high school, her family uprooted and transplanted to The Hague, the Netherlands, Europe. Kathryn studied Environmental Engineering at NAU, in Flagstaff, Arizona, and then later moved back to the Netherlands to get a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Technology.

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