Most Recent Trends
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Double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013 as 35 gigawatts (GW) of additional capacity were added during the year, bringing the worldwide total to 318 GW—a 12.5 percent increase over 2012. This was a significant drop from the average 21 percent annual growth rate over the last 10 years, however.
There may now be as many as 6.5 million direct and indirect jobs in renewable energy. Rising labor productivity notwithstanding, the job numbers are likely to grow in coming decades as the world’s energy system shifts toward low-carbon sources.
Global production of automobiles keeps rising to new heights. The world’s fleet of light-duty vehicles now surpasses 1 billion, having grown from 980.7 million in 2012 to 1,017 million in 2013—one light-duty vehicle per seven people