REN21 Annual Report 2015
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2015 Global Status Report (GSR) marks the 10th edition of REN21’s flagship publication. Over the past decade the GSR has expanded in scope and depth with its thematic and regional coverage and the refinement of data collection. It benefits from a multi-stakeholder community of over 500 experts. Ten years on, the GSR has established itself as the world’s most frequently-referenced report on the global renewable energy market, industry and policy landscape. The report was launched at the Vienna Energy Forum 19 June in Vienna, Austria.
Over the course of the year, the two regional reports, SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report and the UNECE Renewables Status Report offered insight into regional developments, illustrating the continued penetration of renewables in both developing and emerging regions. The highlight of 2015 was the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC). Over 3,600 delegates from 82 countries converged on Cape Town to debate, learn and network. Parallel sessions, side events, an exhibition and 35 site visits provided ample opportunity for delegates to exchange ideas, meet new people and renew old acquaintances. Co-organised by the Republic of South Africa, Department of Energy, SANEDI and REN21, SAIREC demonstrated that Africa is the business destination for the renewable energy sector and lived up to the conference tag line, RE-Energising Africa. REN21 ended the year with a multi-partner collaboration at the climate talks in Paris.
For the first time at any UN climate conference, renewable energy solutions were showcased to governments, media and the public in a series of high profile events, collectively known as the ”Renewable Energy Track”. REN21 along with the European Commission, the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER), IRENA and the United Arab Emirates, hosted a series of events, clustered around the Lima-Paris Action Agenda days, linking them under a common logo and the tag line, RE-Energising the Future.
REN21 Annual Report 2014
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2014 marked a decade since the seminal event, renewables 2004, held in Bonn, Germany. It was the first time an international conference was held dedicated to renewables. It’s international steering committee eventually evolved into REN21.
In November 2014, REN21 celebrated its 10th anniversary by hosting the first RE21 Renewables Academy, brining together REN21 contributors for the first time in one location. Over the course of 2 1/2 days, 150 participants from over 40 countries listened and debated on issues in renewables, ranging from fossil fuel subsidies, to the impact of the media and public relations, and vision for the next decade of renewables.
Over the course of the year, REN21 continued to promote the uptake of renewables through its various activities. The REN21 Renewables Global Status Report showcased new developments, particularly the spectacular increase in renewable energy targets and policies in developing countries. The Mini-grid Policy Toolkit, developed with EUEI PDF and ARE, presented the core elements needed to scale up mini-grids. The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report presented cost effective solutions for the challenged facing West Africa. A 10 year retrospective of the evolution of renewable energy uptake, The First Decade: 2004-2014, charted the progress of the renewable sector, while laying out a path for the coming decade. Collectively, these publications and outreach helped REN21 to spread the message of renewables far and wide over the course the year.
REN21 Annual Report 2013
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The year began with a wave of activity, REN21 co-organised the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference together with the government of the United Arab Emirates. This first Middle Eastern IREC was timely as the MENA region is poised to be a renewable energy champion as documented in REN21’s MENA Renewables Status Report. January also the launch of a new publication, the Renewables Globals Futures Report. This provided valuable insights into the current opinions on the future of renewable energy.
REN21 continued its close collaboration with key players such as the IEA, UNEP, World Bank and IRENA, leading to joint events and products and a underlying organisational complementarities. The REN21 Global Status Report showcased an impressive increase in global capacity across all renewable energy sectors, with supporting policies spreading to nearly 140 countries. Investment in renewables also increased substantially.
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