Interactive SADC Map launched!

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is one of the oldest regional economic communities on the African continent. However regional challenges persist particularly around energy access and energy security. In order to help meet the region’s energy needs and increase the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region, REN21 has produced the SADC Interactive Map.   This SADC Interactive Map and the accompanying SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, provide a comprehensive overview of renewable energy and energy efficiency policy and market developments across the 15-country region.  Using the Interactive Map, information can be selected by country, technology or policies and targets.

NEW! REN21 March 2016 Newsletter released!

The March 2016 edition of the REN21 newsletter has just been released. Sign up and join thousands of decision makers in the renewables and sustainability sphere who are following the activities of our extensive network.   This March edition includes contributions by: REN21 Secretariat , IRENA, UNEP , IHA , GWEC , ISES , ECREEE , IGA , WBA , ARE, WWEA ,World Future Council and WWF.   If you do not currently receive our newsletter, subscribe to the REN21 Newsletter today!

REN21 article looking at the impact of renewable energy technologies on global energy efficiency

REN21’s article in the latest UN Chronicle indicates that even in the presence of growing energy use, the global emissions from energy consumption has remained stable, due in large part to the increased presence of renewable energy. Behind this increased presence was a parallel increase in renewable energy targets and support policies as well as energy efficiency measures and targets.  Addressing renewable energy and energy efficiency simultaneously generates positive synergistic effects.   The article also highlights the importance of increasing sustained and determined efforts towards a global transition to renewable energy for both industrialized and developing nations.   Click here to read the full article.

Clean energy scholarship awarded to fast track women on boards

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Clean Energy Council announced the recipient of the inaugural Developing Women Directors Scholarship to AllGrid Energy Marketing and Alliance Manager Deborah Oberon.   The scholarship aims to improve the gender balance in leadership and board positions across the renewable energy sector.   “The global theme for International Women’s Day today is ‘Pledge for Parity’, and this scholarship aims to achieve that by helping women take the next step in their career by completing the Australian Institute of Directors Foundations of Directorship course,” Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton mentioned.   The Clean Energy Council thanked selection panel members Rachel Watson, Pacific Hydro General Manager, Group Services and Clean Energy Council board member, and Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks CEO.   More information on the Clean Energy Council’s Women in Renewables initiative can be found at

2015 Highlights: REN21, Making the Connections

  REN21’s flagship product the Global Status Report continued to expand its reviewer network to over 2000 individuals. The SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report and the UNECE Renewable Energy Report were released and they provided a wealth of regional information.   The South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) held in October, brought together over 3000 delegates and spearheaded the conversation on renewables in Africa.   And coined RE-Energising the Future, REN21’s activities at COP21 demonstrated that renewable energy deployment is the fastest, cleanest and economically beneficial way to meet our climate goals.   Click here to read more highlights from 2015!

ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum April ’16

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) are co-hosting a series of events to promote decentralised renewable energy technologies and further cooperation. This two-day event will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.   Day 1: 12 April 2016 The Energy Access Investment will bring together key decision makers to discuss market conditions and key policy and financial initiatives on existing and upcoming rural electrification business opportunities. Both developing and emerging markets will be examined. Private sector, the (inter)national and European public sector representatives, financiers and investors , business players and civil society organisations are expected to participate. The day will close with a reception to celebrate ARE’s 10th anniversary.   Venue: ING Head office, Amsterdamse Poort, Bijlmerplein 888, 1102 MG Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cost : Free-entry Registration:  Complete form here.   Day 2: 13 April 2016 The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme will host the RECP Business and Finance Matchmaking Forum.   Venue: TBD Registration:  Complete form here.

Clean Energy Council – Women in Renewables

Call for applications: Improving the gender mix in clean energy boardrooms Press Release: Wednesday 27 January 2016   The Clean Energy Council is inviting applications for a new scholarship program from talented women who are interested in building their career in the renewable energy industry.   Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the organisation would fund a successful female applicant from the renewable energy sector to complete the Foundations of Directorship course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   “Men far outnumber women in all areas of the renewable energy industry, and this scholarship funding is designed to help increase female representation on the boards of companies and organisations year on year,” Mr Thornton said.   “Gender diversity is an important issue, and as the peak body for the renewable energy industry it’s important that the Clean Energy Council develops and leads initiatives such as this to maximise opportunities for professional women in our sector.   “There are no quick fixes and this is a complicated issue, but we are committed to a range of initiatives to address the imbalance.”   The Foundations of Directorship course is delivered over three full days and is available in most capital cities. The study days can be completed consecutively or separately, depending on individual preference.   The course is valued at $3500 and the successful applicant will also receive a one-year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an offer of mentorship from a Clean Energy Council Director....

Listen to REN21’s webinar on transport.

26 January 2016 3:00 p.m. CST | 8:00 a.m. CET Click here for the webinar and presentations. The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, hosted this webinar for the launch of REN21’s flagship report, the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, focusing on its findings related to transport. This webinar began with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2015 Global Status Report and then looked at the transport sector. The main trends in sustainable transport were presented and the difference between industrial and developing country transport and its effect on renewable energy use were discussed. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

UNECE Report launched at COP21

Despite comprising over 300 million inhabitants and representing 4.9% of the world’s GDP 17 UNECE countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia represented only 0.5% or USD 0.9 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2014. Attracting investment represents a major challenge in these countries, despite numerous support schemes and policies for renewable energy.   These are some of the main findings of the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report, produced for the first time by the UNECE and the Renewable energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21), in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA).   Download the publication (12/2015)   The report provides a comprehensive overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, industry, policy and regulatory frameworks, and investment activities. The report draws on information from national and regional sources to present the most up-to-date summary of sustainable energy in: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.   As with other REN21 reports, it is for policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions with regards to the diffusion of renewable energy. By design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.   The UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report, has been launched on Monday, 7th Dec 2015, during COP 21 in Paris, France.   This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) – the German Federal Ministry for...

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.