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REN21 blog in advance of GOGLA’s 4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition

REN21 blog in advance of GOGLA’s 4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition

Distributed renewable energy in developing countries – key to universal energy access 4th IOGL Conference BLOG If universal electrification has a chance to succeed, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 55 percent of all new power between now and 2030 must come from decentralised energy sources with 90 percent of it being renewable.[i] Renewable energy plays an increasingly central role in the provision of energy services to people globally. Over the past number of years, renewable energy has grown at an unprecedented rate and accounts for 19.1 % of final global energy consumption. Global renewable energy capacity has more than doubled in the past decade and, in 2014, approximately 60% of the net addition to the global power capacity came from renewables.[ii] REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report – Estimated Renewable Energy Share of Global Final Energy Consumption Technology advancements and a dramatic decrease in costs have made renewables broadly cost competitive with conventional energy sources. Thus, it is not surprising that some USD 270 billion was invested in renewable power and fuels in 2014, increasing to 301 billion when we take into account large-scale hydropower (> 50 MW). It is worth noting that almost 50% of this was in developing countries. [iii] In developing countries, renewable energy systems offer unprecedented opportunities to accelerate the transition to modern energy services in remote and rural areas. Increased access to affordable lighting, sustainable cooking and heating devices, communications, and refrigeration; improved public health; and energy for processing and other productive activities achieve...

REN21 Webinar: 2015 GSR and Distributed Renewable Energy

REN21 Webinar: 2015 GSR and Distributed Renewable Energy

10 September 2015 10:00 a.m. EDT | 4:00 p.m. CEST Check your local time. Reserve your seat now. For more information.   The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on REN21’s flagship report, the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, focusing on its findings related to distributed renewable energy. Join us to find out what made 2014 another record year for renewables. Learn how increased additions of solar PV and wind in the electricity sector have driven other energy sectors and how 2014 marks the first time we decoupled CO2 emissions from economic growth. This webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2015 Global Status Report and will then look at the status of distributed energy in sub-Saharan Africa. As REN21’s 2015 report shows, with a total installed capacity of roughly 147 GW, all of Africa has less power-generation capacity than Germany. Access to clean cooking continues to fall behind population, leading to negligible progress overall and a regression in some regions. This webinar will also discuss the current status of distributed renewables in the region and what can be done to increase adoption. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

GSR press summary now available for download

GSR press summary now available for download

This year the GSR launch was very successful with the launch being captured in more than 735 online hits in 16 languages from news sites in 45 countries, along with the BBC World Service Radio and CNBC Arabia TV. The full press summary is now available for download here. This document lists all the links for the the outlets which covered the GSR and mentioned REN21 and the links to all the relevant articles.

SAIREC 2015 is open for registration!

SAIREC 2015 is open for registration!

From 4-7 October, 2015 the sixth International Renewable Energy Conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. The International Renewable Conferences are foremost dedicated to renewable energy and provide a global platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to advance energy. There is no registration fee. However you do need to register in order to gain access to the venue. To register, please go to the SAIREC webpage.

REN21 promotes renewable energy

REN21 is the global renewable energy policy network that connects a wide range of key actors. REN21’s goal is to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy. Its activities are managed by a lean Secretariat, based at UNEP in Paris, France.

REN21 facilitates the collection of comprehensive and timely information on renewable energy. This information reflects diverse viewpoints for both private and public sector actors, servicing to dispel myths about renewable energy and to catalyse policy change.

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The REN21 Renewables Interactive Map is a research tool for tracking the development of renewable energy worldwide. The Map offers a streamlined method for gathering and sharing information on economic development and policy frameworks in the field of renewable energies.

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