REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR)


The REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) is a pioneering publication that provides access to the range of credible possibilities on the future of renewable energy. The report is based on interviews with over 170 leading experts around the world and the projections of 50 recently published scenarios. The report can serve as a tool for dialogue and discussion on future options, and compliments well the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report.

Released in January 2013, the report was authored by Dr. Eric Martinot and was the product of a unique collaboration between REN21 and the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) during 2011-2012.

"The future of renewable energy is a choice, not a foregone conclusion. The recently launched REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) presents the range of credible energy options."
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The Report

Supplementary Files

Press Release:

Videos from REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report Speaking Events:
(More details and comments on these events can be found on Dr. Martinot's Blog)

TEDx Tokyo, Renewable Energy Is Our Future (11 min.)


Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy, San Francisco, Conference Keynote (33 min.)


University of Colorado Boulder, Lecture (75 min. including Q&A)


Web Reviews:

Conventional Wisdom About Clean Energy Is Still Way Out of Date, Greentech Media, May 9, review by Chris Nelder

Enlightening and Empowering: REN21's Global Futures Report on Renewables, by David Hales, President, Second Nature (Education for Sustainability)


"Dr. Eric Martinot and the unique REN21 global network of top renewable energy experts have done it again!  Lucid, authoritative, and comprehensive, this valuable synthesis illuminates today's best thinking on renewable energy futures." — Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

"The report gives substance to the range of choice which is ours. It is a composite picture of the possible. And it is a 'welcome' to a world in whichour children can live." — David Hales, President, Second Nature

" Really an admirable achievement!  Considering the enormous amount of data and viewpoints collected, the author manages to get all that information into something readable and interesting." — Tomas Kåberger, Executive Board Chairman, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation


"Report author Eric Martinot uses present status as a starting point for visions of the future, creating an innovative blend of present and future. The report provides a full and objective range of visions, based on the collective and contemporary thinking of many." — Mohamed El-Ashry, Former Chairman, REN21, and Senior Fellow, UN Foundation


"The REN21 Global Futures Report crowd-sources a vision for the future of the world energy system from the collective wisdom of 170 experts. The author has sifted through much noise and uncertainty to produce a picture that is as clear as it is uplifting. A remarkable tour de force." — Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive, Bloomberg New Energy Finance


"This remarkable report will be invaluable to anyone who needs to understand the wide range of expert conclusions about the direction and pace of the ongoing energy revolution. I don't think that anyone but Eric Martinot could have pulled this off." — Christopher Flavin, President Emeritus, Worldwatch Institute

“The Renewables Global Futures Report 2013 is excellent work. It shows what optimistic experts have said all along: A transition of the world’s energy system to 100% renewables is possible in a few decades.” —Hans-Josef Fell, member of the German parliament

REN21 Flagship Products

Global Status Report 2012Renewables Global Status Report download here:

Renewable Interactive Map view and contribute here:

Renewables Global Futures Report Download here: http:/

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