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Latin America: Zero net GHG power sector

Latin America: Zero net GHG power sector

On 20th April from 12:00 – 13:30, a discussion on: “The prospects of a Zero Net GHG Power Sector in Latin America,” will be held in the Large Conference Room at World Resources Institute, Suite 800, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20009.   A presentation on the topic by Walter Vergara, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, will be followed by a distinguished panel including Gabriela Elizondo (Senior Energy Specialist at the Latin American Department of the World Bank); Alexander Ochs (Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute and Founder and Managing Director, SD Strategies) and Guy Edwards (Co-Director of the Climate and Development Lab, Brown University). Opening remarks will be provided by Laura Williamson (Communication and Outreach Manager, REN21) and Jennifer Layke, Global Director Energy, World Resources Institute.  The presentation and the panel discussion will be webcasted.   Current power generation in Latin America is estimated at about 6.0 EJ (1.7 PWh), which represents close to a 60% increase since 2000 (Enerdata, 2016). Over half of the power today is generated using hydropower and to a much lesser extent other renewables, resulting in a relatively low GHG emission factor per MWh generated. Drivers behind this vigorous demand include an expanding population, a robust increase in GDPs across the region and associated improvements in living standards. These trends are expected to continue over the foreseeable future, requiring major investments in infrastructure even after gains in efficiency are accounted for. If power generation is decarbonized, many economic activities that depend on power...

Global 100% RE Launches Platform!

Global 100% RE Launches Platform!

The Executive Committee of Global 100% RE has recently announced the launch event of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform, taking place at Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn, Germany, on 8 May 2017.   Over the course of the last couple of years the Global 100% RE Campaign has succeeded in creating a global movement for 100% Renewable Energy focusing on inclusive bottom-up processes and uniting very big, worldwide networks in the field. After years of functioning successfully as a network, the campaign will become a legal entity in the form of The Global 100% RE Platform. This will be a pivotal moment for accelerating the campaign’s outreach and operability, as well as demonstrating our commitment to making Global 100% RE a reality. In addition to the official ceremony, participating organizations will present actual solutions and strategies for achieving Global 100% RE.   The event will feature video contributions by some of the world’s leading renewable energy advocates: – Bill McKibben, Co-founder of 350.org – Michael Brune, Executive Director of Sierra Club – Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan – Dipal C. Barua, Founder of Grameen Shakti – David Suzuki, Journalist   Leading international experts in the field will provide the basis for a fruitful discussion. A detailed programme will be available on the Global 100% RE Platform website.

REN21 now a Friend of the OECD Forum!

REN21 now a Friend of the OECD Forum!

REN21 is proud to announce that it is now a Friend of the OECD Forum. We are at a time when populism, nationalism, historically low levels of trust and a rapid races in technological development are common divides around the world. As a result, disruptive impacts on our societies and economies are beginning to show.   On 6-7 June 2017, OECD will work to bridge divides by focusing on 3 cross-cutting themes:   Inclusive Growth Digitalisation Trust In doing so, the OECD will highlight the importance of continuing focus on developing more integrated, and inclusive economies and societies. To find out more, please go to the OECD Forum website.

Renewables Global Futures Report 2017 now Available!

Renewables Global Futures Report 2017 now Available!

REN21 has released its latest report on the feasibility and challenges of achieving a 100% renewable energy future. Renewables Global Futures Report: Great debates towards 100% Renewable Energy, analyses the views of 114 renowned energy experts from every region of the world, interviewed over the course of 2016. The results are clustered as “12 Great Debates”:   100% Renewables: A logical consequence of the Paris Agreement? Global Energy Demand Development: Efficiency on a global level? Renewable Power Generation: The winner takes all? The Future of Heating: Thermal or electrical applications? Renewables for Transport: Electrification versus biofuels? Interconnection of Sectors: System thinking required Storage: Supporter or competitor of the power grid? Technology versus Costs: Which should come first? Scaling-up Investments and Work Force: 100% renewables for socio-economic change Utilities of the Future: What will they look like? Mega Cites: Mega possibilities Energy Access Enabled Through Renewables: How to speed up connections?   To download the full report, infographics and press release head to the Renewables Global Futures Report page.

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