Be a Part of the Data Collection for the next Global Status Report

REN21 has a begun its data collection process for the Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. Be a part of the team that produces the industry standard on the status of renewables!   The 2018 report will include new chapters on enabling technologies and systems integration, and corporate renewable energy.  You can join this process by completing a short Expression of Interest  form. Data collection begins in October 2017.  See the EOI form for the complete timeline for data collection and peer review.   And, just in case you wondered how GSR data was used outside of the report, REN21 is pleased to announce the start of a Massive On-line Course (MOOC), “Off-grid Renewable Energy Systems”.  Developed by the Institute for Sustainable Energy, this course contains two modules about distributed renewable energy, which draws extensively on the distributed renewable energy content in the GSR2017.  The course begins 30 October,2017. For more information, click here.

Looking for a New Executive Secretary

Christine Lins, REN21’s Executive Secretary since July 2011, is stepping down from her current position.   REN21 is therefore seeking an outstanding, experienced individual to head its Secretariat. The post is based in Paris/France and involves a good deal of international travel.   Interested candidates are invited to consult the vacancy notice.   Application deadline is 17 November, 2017.

Internship Opportunities Available

REN21 is seeking two dynamic individuals who are interested in gaining experience in the renewable energy sector.   Community Management/Research Internship Social Media/Data Intern Vacancy The internships are for six months and are paid.   How to apply:   If interested, please send a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to secretariat@ren21.net.   Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” or “REN21 Community Management/Research Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   Application deadline: Sunday, the 19th of November.   Best of luck!

WWEA and Yansa call for donations for Community Wind Farm as Earthquake Relief Project in Mexico

The 7th International Renewable Energy Conference, MEXIREC took place in between two earthquakes that devastated parts of Mexico.   Inspired by MEXIREC, Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and Sergio Oceransky, Director of Yansa, decided to launch an earthquake relief project to help rural indigenous communities affected by the earthquakes. Together with local organisations, Yansa and WWEA want to set up a small wind farm to fund community-led reconstruction in rural indigenous communities. The project will help to nurture the autonomy and leadership of these communities, reducing their dependency and vulnerability.   In order to make the project a reality, Yansa and WWEEA are calling for support from companies, in particular wind turbine manufacturers, that can donate parts or all of the equipment required for the project. Financial donations for construction and commissioning are also kindly welcomed (in-kind and cash donations may be tax-deductible). The project will serve as model for community participation in wind energy in developing / emerging countries. After the reconstruction process is over, profits will be devoted to community-led reforestation.  More information can be found here in the attached project description.   Potential donors are requested to get in contact with the initiators in order to get more detailed information:   Sergio Oceransky, Director of Yansa: Email: info@yansa.org, Phone: +52 155 2005 8065 (Mexico), +1 917 382 8088 (international)   Stefan Gsänger, WWEA Secretary General: Email: sg@wwindea.org, Phone: +49-228-369 40-80

GSR 2017 Highlights now in Vietnamese!

REN21 has released (and for the first time!) Highlights of the REN21 Renewables 2017 Global Status Report in perspective in Vietnamese. This new release complements other translated versions of the GSR 201 Highlights available in Russian, Chinese, Spanish and English.   Click here to access the GSR 2017 Highlights in different languages.

MEXIREC Declaration Available

The Government of Mexico teamed up with REN21 – the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century – and organised the 7th International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), MEXIREC, in Mexico City from 11-13 September 2017, within the framework of the Strategic Dialogues on the Future of Energy (DEMEX), with the aim of up-scaling and mainstreaming renewable energy for a global sustainable energy transition through high-level discussions.   MEXIREC Declaration   At the closing of the Conference, the MEXIREC Declaration was presented. The Declaration outlines key elements to enhance the energy transition with renewables in Latin America and the Caribbean. Conference participants endorsed the Declaration, acknowledging the efforts of the Government of Mexico to keep sustainable development and energy transition with renewable energy as the central axis of its Energy Reform of the electric power sector.   To read the Declaration in full, please click here.

Webinar – Advancing Renewable Energy Policy Development and Climate Action

Join REN21 and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability in discussing what made 2016 another record year for renewables and how cities have contributed.   Learn more about the role of good data to improve renewable energy policies and foster climate action. The webinar will present the highlights of the newly released REN21 Renewables 2017 Global Status Report. ICLEI will showcase how local governments are already contributing to the energy transition through the overview of local renewable energy commitments and actions voluntarily reported in the carbonn Climate Registry. The City of Vancouver will share its experience on the relevance of data reporting for policy development and progress monitoring.   The webinar will take place Monday, Aug 28, 2017 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CEST.   Agenda:   1. Welcome and introduction, Maryke van Staden, Director of the carbonn Center, ICLEI World Secretariat.   2. Presentations:   Local renewable energy commitments and actions – an overview of voluntarily reported data in the carbonn Climate Registry, Ana Marques Leandro, Senior Officer for Low-carbon Cities, ICLEI. The role of data reporting in Vancouver’s Greenest Cities and Renewable City plans, Lloyd Lee, Monitoring and Reporting Planner, City of Vancouver REN21’s Renewables2017 Global Status Report and Outlook for 2018, Rana Adib, Research Coordinator, REN21. 3. Questions and Answer   Register for the webinar here.   For more information about the event contact:   Ana Marques, Senior officer Low-carbon Cities: ana.marques@iclei.org ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany.  

Advancing the Global Renewable Energy Transition

REN21 tells the story of the renewable energy trends observed in 2016 and puts them in perspective of the global energy transition.   STORY HIGHLIGHTS:   Newly installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 gigawatts (GW) added, increasing the global total by almost 9% relative to 2015. In parallel global energy related emissions from fossil fuels remained stable despite economic growth. There has been an upsurge in cities, states, countries and major corporations committing to 100% renewable energy targets because it makes economic and business sense, quite apart from climate, environment and public health benefits. Even in the transport sector, which arguably faces the greatest challenges in transitioning to a renewable energy future, major changes are under way.   Read the full article here.