How much did the world invest in clean energy last year?

By Ben Thompson, Christian Science Monitor.

A new report backed by the UN shows that 2015 had the highest global investment in renewable energy generation ever, but oil, gas, and coal are set to remain a major part of the world's energy infrastructure for years.

Renewable energy investments made in 2015 contributed more to global energy generation capacity than all other sources combined, according to a United Nations-backed report on global renewables investment released this week.

The report, released by the Frankfurt School - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), also found that energy generation based on coal and gas saw less than half the investment as renewable generation sources, a first for green energy and a sign of that sector’s growing adoption around the world.