Renewables Rising: What is driving uptake?

  WEBINAR: Join us 7June as REN21 launches its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report.  9:00 EST / 15:00 CEST   The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), is hosting a no-cost webinar on the launch of REN21’s flagship report, Renewables 2017 Global Status Report. Find out how the renewable energy market evolved over 2016 and what policy developments drove uptake.   The webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, followed by a specific look at 2016 developments in China. Globally, China maintains its lead for new installations in solar photovoltaics and wind despite a significant decline in the country’s annual market. Hear about what this means for renewables in China, the opportunities and challenges and its significance for the sector as a whole.   Speakers: Ms. Christine Lins — Executive Secretary, REN21 Mr. Li Junfeng — Director General of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC)   The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.   Check your local time Register now Get more information   About the GSR REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR), first released in 2005, provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. The report is a truly collaborative effort of authors, REN21 Secretariat staff and Steering Committee members, regional research partners, and includes the input of over 800 individual contributors and...

Promoting Women in Sustainable Energy Sector

As part of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum, REN21 and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organised a side event to discuss and strengthen the role of women in the transition towards a sustainable energy system.   Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, pointed out that “there is a gender gap in the global renewable energy workforce. The under-representation of women in sustainable energy is part of a bigger problem of the under-representation of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   At a reception that followed the event, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) was launched. The network aims to empower women who work in sustainable energy in developed, emerging and developing countries through mentoring, coaching, advocacy and technical cooperation.”   For more information on gender mainstreaming at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017, click here.      

REN21 Executive Secretary Featured in GineersNow

REN21 Executive Secretary Christine Lins is featured as one of three leaders in shaping the global renewable energy landscape in the inaugural issue of GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders, The highlighted leaders have been identified because of their efforts in campaigning for safer and cleaner energy alternatives. In their pursuit to educate and inform people of the dangers of global warming, GineersNow asked REN21 and experts from EKOenergy and the World Wind Energy Association to discuss the importance of pushing the world to become 100% renewable. Find out how 2016 became a huge year for the renewable energy sector, which countries have made huge efforts to use sustainable energy and the latest technology shaping our future.  Read about all this here.      

Latin America: Zero net GHG power sector

On 20th April from 12:00 – 13:30, a discussion on: “The prospects of a Zero Net GHG Power Sector in Latin America,” will be held in the Large Conference Room at World Resources Institute, Suite 800, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20009.   A presentation on the topic by Walter Vergara, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, will be followed by a distinguished panel including Gabriela Elizondo (Senior Energy Specialist at the Latin American Department of the World Bank); Alexander Ochs (Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute and Founder and Managing Director, SD Strategies) and Guy Edwards (Co-Director of the Climate and Development Lab, Brown University). Opening remarks will be provided by Laura Williamson (Communication and Outreach Manager, REN21) and Jennifer Layke, Global Director Energy, World Resources Institute.  The presentation and the panel discussion will be webcasted.   Current power generation in Latin America is estimated at about 6.0 EJ (1.7 PWh), which represents close to a 60% increase since 2000 (Enerdata, 2016). Over half of the power today is generated using hydropower and to a much lesser extent other renewables, resulting in a relatively low GHG emission factor per MWh generated. Drivers behind this vigorous demand include an expanding population, a robust increase in GDPs across the region and associated improvements in living standards. These trends are expected to continue over the foreseeable future, requiring major investments in infrastructure even after gains in efficiency are accounted for. If power generation is decarbonized, many economic activities that depend on power...

Global 100% RE Launches Platform!

The Executive Committee of Global 100% RE has recently announced the launch event of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform, taking place at Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn, Germany, on 8 May 2017.   Over the course of the last couple of years the Global 100% RE Campaign has succeeded in creating a global movement for 100% Renewable Energy focusing on inclusive bottom-up processes and uniting very big, worldwide networks in the field. After years of functioning successfully as a network, the campaign will become a legal entity in the form of The Global 100% RE Platform. This will be a pivotal moment for accelerating the campaign’s outreach and operability, as well as demonstrating our commitment to making Global 100% RE a reality. In addition to the official ceremony, participating organizations will present actual solutions and strategies for achieving Global 100% RE.   The event will feature video contributions by some of the world’s leading renewable energy advocates: – Bill McKibben, Co-founder of – Michael Brune, Executive Director of Sierra Club – Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan – Dipal C. Barua, Founder of Grameen Shakti – David Suzuki, Journalist   Leading international experts in the field will provide the basis for a fruitful discussion. A detailed programme will be available on the Global 100% RE Platform website.

REN21 now a Friend of the OECD Forum!

REN21 is proud to announce that it is now a Friend of the OECD Forum. We are at a time when populism, nationalism, historically low levels of trust and a rapid races in technological development are common divides around the world. As a result, disruptive impacts on our societies and economies are beginning to show.   On 6-7 June 2017, OECD will work to bridge divides by focusing on 3 cross-cutting themes:   Inclusive Growth Digitalisation Trust In doing so, the OECD will highlight the importance of continuing focus on developing more integrated, and inclusive economies and societies. To find out more, please go to the OECD Forum website.

Renewables Global Futures Report 2017

REN21 has released its latest report on the feasibility and challenges of achieving a 100% renewable energy future. Renewables Global Futures Report: Great debates towards 100% Renewable Energy, analyses the views of 114 renowned energy experts from every region of the world, interviewed over the course of 2016. The results are clustered as “12 Great Debates”:

Read REN21’s Latest Newsletter

REN21’s March newsletter is now available for reading. It contains news from the REN21 Secretariat, its members as well as upcoming events. Of interest is the release of REN21’s new Renewables Global Futures Report and the hosting of the 2017 IREC by Mexico. This month’s newsletter contains various articles from our member organisations including ISES, Global 100%RE, ARE, GIZ, The 1 Gigaton CoalitionThe Global Alliance for Clean Cookstove and many more. You can read the newsletter here. If you don’t have a subscription to our newsletter, subscribe now to have the next newsletter sent to you directly.

Call for Conference Abstracts (Solar) Now Open

REN21’s member, International Solar Energy Society (ISES) will hold its annual Solar World Congress (SWC) 2017 29 October – 2 November 2017 at the Jumeirah Hotel, Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry 2017 Solar Energy conference will be held alongside SWC2017 and is organised by the International Energy Agency (IEA).   Both events are calling for conference abstracts. The deadline for abstracts is 24 March, 2017. For more information about how to file a conference abstract visit the SWC2017 and SHC2017 websites.    

New Global Solar Atlas Tool

The World Bank and International Solar Alliance (ISA) launched Global Solar Atlas at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, January 2017.   This web-based tool allows users to quickly identify potential solar power generation anywhere in the world. This tool is targeted for investors and policymakers to be able to understand —from a quick glance—  the solar power generation potential of a particular region. Users can zoom in to 1 km spatial resolution.  The application can generate a short report about the potential generation power of different types of PV systems, allowing governments or private companies to carry out preliminary research on a potential site for PV plant.  The Atlas can also be used for educational purposes.   The Atlas is comprised of 22 years of satellite measurement data which has been validated using high quality ground-based measurement data.  The result is high-precision data.   Data are still lacking for many developing countries due to lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision solar radiation sensors. The World Bank intends to install solar measurement stations in at least 20 developing countries over the next four years to begin addressing this issue.   Global Solar Atlas is available for public now and completely free. This can be accessed from platform or directly go to