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Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategey

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Watts per capita

Footnote: 1. Information for energy capacity as at 31 December. 2. Data for population are mid year estimates. 3. Data for offshore wind are allocated to the Region/Country that the cables come ashore 4. Data showing 0 are less than 50 GW capacity in the Region/Country.

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Watts per capita

Definitions

Solar PV- The direct conversion of solar radiation into electricity by the interaction of light with the electrons in a semiconductor device or cell. Bioenergy - renewable energy made from material of recent biological origin derived from plant or animal matter, known as biomass. AD - Anaerobic Digestion is a natural process in which microorganisms break down organic matter, in the absence of oxygen, into biogas (a mixture of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane) and digestate (a nitrogen-rich fertiliser). The biogas can be used directlyin engines for Combined Heat and Power (CHP), burned to produce heat, or can be cleaned and used in the same way as natural gas or as a vehicle fuel.

Available disaggregations

Region; Renewable Source

Calculations

Type of Energy (in Watts)/Population

Other information

Source 1 contains an estimate of non-fossil fuelled capacity used for co-firing of renewables based on the proportion of generation accounted for by the renewable source. This is applicable for Other Bioenergy and the sub category Biomass and Waste. Also in each year some sites have not been attributed to a region so that data related to individual companies are not disclosed. This information is contained within the tables in source 1. Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 08 October 2021
Metadata last updated 08 October 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Installed renewable energy-generating capacity in developing countries (in watts per capita)

Target name

By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and landlocked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

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Source 1

Organisation

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategey

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2003

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 30 September 2020
Next release

To be Confirmed

Statistical classification

National Statistic

Contact details

renewablesstatistics@beis.gov.uk

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

Office For National Statistics (Nomis)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1981

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 25 June 2021
Next release

01/09/2022

Statistical classification

National Statistics

Contact details

pop.info@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Mid year Population estimates