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What is the Global Energy Transition Tracker?

The energy transition provides an unprecedented opportunity for clean jobs, clean air, and vital economic development. Falling costs of wind, solar, and energy storage have led to an acceleration of renewable energy worldwide, creating new possibilities.

While real change is underway, it must occur on a larger and faster scale. By 2030, in order to keep pace with the level of power sector decarbonization needed to limit climate change to 1.5C, clean energy will need to triple globally above 2022 levels while staying within climate justice guardrails. In our collective effort to combat the climate crisis through renewables, a robust data center is critical to monitor the progress of the energy transition.
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The Global Energy Transition Tracker is as an open database and platform that provides crucial energy data and information for specific regions, aiding local campaigns in advancing the energy transition at regional, national, or subnational levels.

This tracker highlights "iconic zones" that hold significant importance within the context of the energy transition pathway. The tracker introduces each zone, providing information on symbolic value, government policies and targets, finance, employment, transmission, land availability, as well as social and environmental impacts. Each zone is represented on the tracker with an energy map that shows both fossil fuel energy and renewable energy projects, sourcing from the Global Energy Monitor's database.

The tracker is expected to be updated twice a year. The last update was in November 2023.
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What is an Iconic Zone?

The Global Energy Transition Tracker collaborates closely with environmental groups worldwide. Its primary focus is to identify energy transition zones, which can span across cross-national, national, or subnational regions. Zones are recognized for their potential to actively engage civil society in phasing out fossil fuels and developing clean, renewable energy.

Iconic Zones can take various forms, such as sea areas with offshore wind energy potential, towns or provinces with aging coal plants or coal mines, or areas with low-conflict spatial designs suitable for renewable energy development. For each zone, the tracker aims to highlight both the opportunities and the potential obstacles to the energy transition.

Global Energy Monitor

Global Energy Monitor (GEM) develops and analyzes data on energy infrastructure, resources, and uses. We provide open access to information that is essential to building a sustainable energy future. Founded in 2007, GEM commits to full transparency and accountability in our work. We believe that the data we gather should be accessible to everyone, as we believe that everyone is affected by the issues our work addresses. We hold ourselves accountable to rigorous standards of excellence in research and analysis, striving to provide the most accurate picture of the international energy landscape possible.


Hailey Deres

Hailey Deres

Cheng Cheng Wu

Cheng Cheng Wu

Project Manager

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