Vocabulary Builder Exercise – The Rise of Renewable Energy

January 24, 2018

 

 

Requirement: Complete the following passage about renewable energy with suitable words from the provided list.

 

 

Provided Words:

 

renewable future, major milestones, constant innovation, global warming, low-carbon lifestyles, wind power, fossil fuels, green investment, solar panels, developing countries

 

 

Passage:

 

4 Charts That Show the Rise of Renewables

 

The Paris Climate Agreement calls for a global reduction in emissions in order to keep (1) ……………….. within 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. A key part of achieving this goal will be a shift away from (2) ……………….., towards renewable energy sources.

 

Last year saw record levels of investment in green energy. “Renewables are becoming ever more central to our (3) ……………….., and the record-setting investments in 2015 are further proof of this trend,” explained UN Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner …

 

2015 was a significant year for renewable energy. This graphic from the UN highlights some of the (4) ……………….. achieved last year. Overall spending hit record levels, at US$286bn – over double the investment in fossil fuels. Additionally, for the first time, (5) ……………….. invested more than the developed world …

 

In terms of investment, China is leading the charge towards a (6) ……………….. . Their total spend topped $100bn, which accounted for over a third of the total global investment. Other countries also saw significant increases in their (7) ……………….. from 2014 to 2015. Chile, South Africa and Mexico all saw spending rise by over 100% on the previous year’s total …

 

This chart from Bloomberg shows the impact of falling costs on the installation of (8) ……………….. . It emphasises the increase in electricity generation as the cost of panels has declined. Equally, it highlights the importance of (9) ……………….., and indeed investment …

 

It’s not just solar capacity that’s on the rise. As this BP chart shows, even in the last decade, (10) ……………….. has seen a rapid increase in capacity. Just five countries dominate global capacity, but the contribution of the rest of the world is still significant. With European investment in offshore wind projects hitting record levels last year, wind power generation is set to rise further.

 

Source: World Economic Forum

 

 

Please find the answers here.

 

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Watch this video produced by The Economist to understand “the dirty secret of clean energy”.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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