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

Be a part of the GSR 2017 Team

  Work on the Renewables 2017 Global Status Report has begun.  If you would like to be a part of the GSR 2017 team, please click here  to complete the expression of interest; it only takes two minutes.   This year REN21 will use a new questionnaire platform for the GSR data collection process.  The platform has been streamlined to reduce the time and effort of contributing data and information. It will now also include sections on energy efficiency, enabling technologies, and integrative approaches.     Be a part of the 2017 team!  

Stay tuned for a webinar on 100% Renewable Energy for Islands

25 August 2016 14:00  AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)   The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) is hosting a webinar on 100% Renewable Energy for Islands.   A number of Island countries have ambitious targets of 100% renewable energy for their electricity generation. This webinar will showcase how this has been technically achieved on King Island and what is planned for Flinders Island (two Islands off Tasmania). We will then move to the Pacific Islands and discuss in detail Tokelau and Tuvalu followed by provide an overview of the renewable energy targets for a number of Pacific Islands and the projects being undertaken to help them meet these targets.   REGISTER HERE:   Speakers:   Peter Rae – Chair of International Renewable Energy Alliance   Simon Gamble – Manager Hybrid Off-Grid Solutions, Tasmania   Simon Franklin – IT Power Australia   Geoff Stapleton – ISES Board Member     The webinar duration is 1.5 hours. Registration for this webinar is open and free-of-charge for everyone.   REGISTER HERE:

UNECE Status Report now available in Russian!

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 had only 0.5% or USD 0.9 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2014. Attracting investment is a major challenge in these countries, despite numerous support schemes and policies for renewable energy.   UNECE Status Report provides a comprehensive overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, industry, policy and regulatory frameworks, and investment activities of Eastern Central Europe.   The report is now available in Russian. More information can be obtained here.   

GSR 2016 Products

2015 was an extraordinary year for renewable energy. Renewables are now cost competitive with fossil fuels in many markets and are established around the world as mainstream sources of energy. Cities, communities and companies are leading the rapidly expanding “100% renewable” movement. Distributed renewable energy is advancing rapidly to close the energy access gap. Read the report and check out REN21’s Renewables Interactive Map for country specific data.The Key Findings are available in English , French , Spanish and Chinese.   Read the full report on-line and access all the reference documents directly at the GSR Microsite. Participate to contribute to the next edition of the GSR.  

NEW! REN21 June 2016 Newsletter released!

The June 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 June edition includes contributions by: REN21 Secretariat , WWEA, 100% Renewables, ISES, IGA , WHA, GWEC, WBA, ARE, WWF , REEEP , EACREEE ,  21stcenturypower,1 Gigaton Coalition and HELIO International.   If you do not currently receive our newsletter, subscribe to the REN21 Newsletter today!

Stay tuned for REN21’s webinar on Heating and Cooling

30 June 2016 14:00  CEST | 12:00 UTC The two most comprehensive studies on the Solar Heating and Cooling Sector were published in early June 2016: REN21’s Renewables 2016 Global Status Report (GSR) and Solar Heat Worldwide from the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme (IEA SHC). This webinar will highlight the key data and findings of these two studies looking at new installations, prospering applications, market barriers, industry trends, costs of solar heat and jobs. The webinar is jointly organised by REN21 Secretariat and IEA SHC, the Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency.  The webinar will be moderated by Nigel Cotton, Programme Director at the European Copper Institute and initiator of Register here Speakers: Rana Adib– Research Coordinator , REN21 Secretariat Werner Weiss – Director , AEE INTEC Bärbel Epp – News Editor,