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.

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...