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Global Futures Report 2013

REN21 – Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century REN21 is a global multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors from governments, international organizations, industry associations, science and academia as well as civil society to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development, and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy. REN21 promotes renewable energy to meet the needs of both industrialized and developing countries that are driven by climate change, energy security, economic development, and poverty alleviation. REN21 is committed to providing policy-relevant information and research-based analysis on renewable energy to decision makers from both public and private sectors to catalyze policy change. REN21 also provides a platform for interconnection between multi-stakeholder actors working in the renewable energy field, and works to bridge existing gaps to increase the deployment of renewable energy worldwide. REN21 was launched in June 2005 as a result of discussion held the previous year at the International Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn, Germany, and has evolved since then into an inclusive multi-stakeholder network with the mission to advance renewable energy worldwide. REN21 is guided by a distinguished Steering Committee of experts engaged in policy, business, advocacy, research, and economic development. For more information, see ISEP – Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies The Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) is an inde- pendent, non-profit research organization located in Tokyo, Japan. ISEP was founded in 2000, and since then has become a strong voice and source of innovative research in Japan and worldwide. At its core, ISEP aims to provide the resources and services necessary for policymaking towards a sustainable energy future. Three focal areas are promotion of renewable energy, improvement of energy efficiency, and restructuring energy markets. In Japan, ISEP engages in a wide range of programs and activi- ties, including policy recommendations on renewable energy and energy efficiency to the Japanese government, guidance and advice to local municipalities, and public events, conferences, and symposia. In addition, ISEP facilitates community-level renewable energy projects through a "Citizens' Fund" and through a cooperating program with the Japanese Ministry of Environment. Internationally, ISEP has worked with many organizations in Europe, the United States, and Asia to promote knowledge exchange and foster international collaboration related to sustainable energy policies. ISEP has played an active and contributing role with REN21 since its inception in 2005, and co-produced this Renewables Global Futures Report in a unique partnership with REN21 during 2011–2012.

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