According to, the independent climate think tank believes that the adoption of solar, wind and hydroelectric power prevented an increase of 4% fossil-derived power coming from the energy sector.

They estimate that that is the equivalent of taking about 49 million fossil fuel-powered cars off the road.

Using data from 75 countries around the world that are responsible for about 90% of the total demand, Ember was able to determine that we used 3% more electricity in the first half of 2022 compared to the same time frame last year.

Malgorzata Wiatros-Motyka, senior electricity analyst at Ember, said that "wind and solar are proving themselves during the energy crisis."

She believes that "we have a solution: wind and solar are homegrown and cheap, and are already cutting both bills and emissions fast."

Things are not all good, however, as the time frame includes the droughts and heatwaves that hit areas such as Europe, which lowered the energy capacity coming from hydro power plants and nuclear power supply, which was 12% lower compared to last year.

Experts at Ember believe that energy companies should consider adding solar panels on dams, which could help boost energy production during hot summers, when hydroelectric power might take a hit.

Europe should also focus on closing down coal power plants for good, as those were used for a short period of time in order to keep up with energy demand.

Coal-derived power made up for about 16% of the energy mix in Europe, which is better than in 2015, when the fossil fuel represented a quarter of the total energy generation on the continent.