What happened to renewable electricity generation in Japan after the country adopted a national target in 2008, or to CO2 emissions in Poland after the country adopted a national target in 2009? Find out in just a few clicks using dynamic timeline charts now available on the IEA website.
The IEA Policies and Measures Databases (PAMS), which use information sourced directly from governments to track the development of clean energy policies globally, now includes an interactive visualisation feature. Put simply, the web tool shows users how specific benchmarks evolved as clean energy laws, regulations and other policy tools went into effect in more than 100 countries.
Of course, correlation does not imply causation, but the tool details policies adopted in IEA members and non-member countries alike, and then the charts illustrate any impact on energy statistics and also environmental and macroeconomic data from 1990 through 2012.
For instance, in the screen image to featured above, the line marking Italian deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) takes off sharply after 2010, a year in which three new initiatives took effect. Two of those are policy number 11, funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and bike-sharing, and number 12, the National Renewable Energy Action Plan.
Click here to access The IEA/IRENA Joint Policies and Measures Database for Global Renewable Energy; click on a country and then on its “all records” link to review national clean energy policies. Finally, click the yellow button to show the timeline with the policies listed by year, and then select which statistics to track. Add or subtract any of the available measures, revealing not only rises and declines in the context of new policies but also relative to any other data displayed.
Tool added in September 2014.