REN21 Annual Report

Read about what happened in REN21 over the course of 2015.  This year’s annual report details new developments in the Renewables Global Status Report and how our outreach efforts evolved.  There is information on 2015 publications, the new Renewables Interactive Map as well as which organisations REN21 worked with over the year.  If you are interested in what happened at the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) you need to read this publication! And finally, there is a synopsis of REN21 at COP21. Click here to access the annual reports.

Vacancies: REN21 is looking for new colleagues

A dynamic Assistant to the Executive Secretary / Office Manager:   The successful candidate will ideally start in February 2016 in the REN21 Secretariat based in Paris. More information can be found here: Assistant to Executive Secretary & Office Manager   To apply, please send a CV and cover letter by Wednesday, 16th December 2015 at the latest to and mention “Assistant to Executive Secretary / Office Manager” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. A motivated Data/Social Media Intern:   The successful candidate will work under a 6 months remunerated internship agreement and start 8 February 2016 in Paris. More information: Data & Social Media Internship   To apply, please send a CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position at the latest by Wednesday, 16 December 2015 to Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Delegates at SAIREC declare to work on Global Access

At the end of the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), 3600 delegates from 82 countries adopted a declaration expressing their conviction that the increased deployment of renewable energy will have a direct impact on improved global energy access, improved energy security, on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and on climate change and sustainable economic development.   The delegates declared that in order to make the global transition to renewable energy happen rapidly, the following elements are crucial: promoting transparent and effective procurement processes; advancing renewable energy globally; promoting skills transfer and development; securing financial resources; conducting research and development; prioritising regulatory frameworks, localising supply chains and local investment; emphasising integrated planning;  regionalising trade and energy resource development;  conducting programmes for infrastructural development in Africa; embarking on clean energy corridor initiatives and focusing on the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI); regional cooperation and international cooperation.   Participants of SAIREC considered sustainable development goals on sustainable and modern energy for all, with its three targets on access, renewables and energy efficiency, to constitute a solid guiding framework for their deliberations and future cooperation with special focus on RE-energising Africa.   The complete SAIREC 2015 Declaration is available here.

SADC Report launched at SAIREC 2015

REN21 and UNIDO side event took place on Monday from 18.00 – 19.30 This side event was organised by REN21 and UNIDO and showcased the achievements of regional cooperation in promoting market-based uptake of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services. The event outlined who the players are, what has been done, and the future potential of such collaborations.   The SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report was launchedat this event. The report presents a comprehensive regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry developments in the SADC region.  

InfoPoint Lunch-Time Conference – Global Status of Renewable Energy: Ren21’s Renewables 2015 Global Status Report

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location: Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (CEST) Click here to register.   External Cooperation InfoPoint 43-45, Rue de la Loi 1040 Brussels Belgium   Introduction Felice Zaccheo Deputy Head of Unit, DEVCO C5, Water, Energy, Infrastructures   Presentation Alexandra Sombsthay Policy officer in charge of International relations for renewables, DG ENER Christine Lins Executive Secretary of REN21   Closing remarks Piotr Tulej Head of Unit, DG CLIMA , Unit C1, Low Carbon Technologies Conference Language: English Q&A session: English & French    

REN21 blog: Distributed renewable energy in developing countries

Key to universal energy access: In advance of GOGLA’s 4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition 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...

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.

GSR 2015 Key Findings Available in Chinese!

Following the launch of the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report June 18th at the Vienna Energy Forum, the REN21 secretariat is continuing to spread the news.  Christine Lins, REN21’s Executive Secretary, was at our latest launch in Guang ying, China. Our network members are also doing their part. Adnan Z Amin, Director-General of IRENA, also attended a conference in Beijing, China on the 26th of June. Keep your eyes on this news feed for further updates on launches and events worldwide. You can download the GSR and all key findings here at

China Launch of REN21’s Renewables 2015 Global Status Report

We request the pleasure of your company for the China launch of REN21’s Renewables 2015 Global Status Report on 24 June 2015.   First released in 2005, REN21’s annual Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy markets, industries, investments, and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors, and civil society to make informed decisions. The Renewables Global Status Report relies on up-to-date renewable energy data, provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors. Today it is the most referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends.    Where: Embassy of Austria in Beijing Jian Guo Men Wai, Xiu Shui Nan Jie 5, Beijing 100600, China   AGENDA 15.30 Registration   16.00 Welcome & Opening Remarks Ambassador Irene Giner-Reichl, Austrian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and Mongolia   16.15 Presentation of REN21’s Renewables 2015 Global Status Report Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21   16.45 High-level commentaries – Shi Lishan, Deputy Director-General, New energy and renewable energy department, National Energy Administration (NEA) – Li Junfeng, President, Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA)   17.15 Discussion   17.30 Buffet Dinner and Networking   Given the limited room capacity, early registration is highly recommended. In order to reserve your place and for security reasons, please register for the event no later than 19th June 2015 by sending an e-mail to Ms. Angelika Schoenegger-Men,   Copies of the REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report incl. key findings in...