Saudi Arabia is eye­ing geo­ther­mal power as part of its strate­gic en­ergy plan that also in­cludes mas­sive use of so­lar en­ergy and wind farms, as per re­ports. Saudi En­ergy Min­is­ter Khalid Al Falih, speak­ing at the on-go­ing World Fu­ture En­ergy Sum­mit in the UAE cap­i­tal, said that his coun­try will gen­er­ate a to­tal of 10 gi­gawatts from a com­bi­na­tion of so­lar, wind and geo­ther­mal projects to be in­stalled by 2023. There are at least 10 known hot springs in Saudi Arabia.

China will quadru­ple its new en­ergy ve­hi­cle an­nual out­put to 2 mil­lion by 2020, as per re­ports. In 2016, China pro­duced 517,000 new en­ergy ve­hi­cles, which in­clude bat­tery elec­tric cars, plug-in hy­brids, and fuel-cell cars. In terms of charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture, China built over 100,000 pub­lic charg­ing poles in 2016, ie 10 times the fig­ure in 2015.

Money in­vested in RE is not enough to reach a cli­mate goal of lim­it­ing global warm­ing to 2.0 de­grees Cel­sius. A re­cent IRENA re­port said the cur­rent share of re­new­able en­er­gies in the global en­ergy mix of 18 per cent should dou­ble by 2030 to keep global warm­ing un­der 2.0 de­grees.

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