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Renewable energy transition speeds up during Ukraine war, led by China

New Chinese investments in 2022 exceeded Japan's total installed capacity

Wind turbines and solar panels are seen a power plant in China's Hebei province.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Countries accelerated adoption of renewable energy last year, data from the International Energy Agency shows, as the war in Ukraine underscored the advantages of electricity sources that do not rely on imported fuel.

Up to 404 gigawatts of new renewable generating capacity was added in 2022, the IEA estimates -- roughly 40% more than was added in 2021.

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