Global Status Report

First released in 2005, REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) has grown to become a truely collaborative effort of over 500 authors, contributors and reviewers, and is today the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends. It provides testimony to the undeterred growth of electricity, heat, and fuel production capacities from renewable energy sources, including solar PV, wind power, solar hot water/heating, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal. 

This latest Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy development worldwide. 2012 saw: 

> a shift in investment patterns that led to a global decrease in clean energy investment  

> continuing growth in installed capacity due to significant technology cost reductions and increased investment in developing countries. 

> renewables progressively supplementing established electricity systems, demonstrating that the implementation of suitable policies can enable the successful integration of higher shares of variable renewables.  

> the emergence of integrated policy approaches that link energy efficiency measures with the implementation of renewable energy technologies.

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(September - October 2013)

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Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) Survey

In order to further improve the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) we would kindly ask  you to complete this survey. Your collaboration is highly appreciated and will help REN21 to evaluate the impact of the GSR and how the report might be improved to meet readers’ needs. The information provided is anonymous. Please keep in mind that multiple answers are possible. 

Previous Editions of the Report

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Renewables 2012 Global Status Report

Renewables 2011 Global Status Report
Renewables 2010 Global Status Report 
Renewables 2009 Global Status Report (Update)                     
Renewables 2007 Global Status Report
Renewables 2006 Global Status Report (Update)
Renewables 2005 Global Status Report


The Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) is a sister publication to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report (GTR) produced by Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. The most recent edition of the report, launched in June 2013, is available here.

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