Tracking Power 2020

Not on track
Tracking Power

Natural gas-fired power

More efforts needed

Power generation in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2040


Tracking progress

Gas-fired power generation expanded 3% in 2019, led by strong growth in the United States and parts of Europe. At around 6 250 TWh, gas fuelled 23% of overall power generation. In the SDS, using gas as a flexible transition fuel increases until the late 2020s to displace unabated coal-fired generation, but using gas without CCUS declines steadily thereafter. Despite recent CCUS project announcements, this indicator remains yellow as global commitments to use CCUS with natural gas do not yet indicate confidently that the SDS trajectory can be achieved by 2030.