RE-Energising the Future

Click here to access the PRESS RELEASE   RE-Energising the Future: Renewable Energy Solutions for Climate Change Renewable energy solutions, innovation and action discussed today in Paris at the ‘RE-Energising the Future’ international conference – a gathering of governments, businesses and civil society during COP21     Paris, 6 December 2015 – For the first time at any UN climate conference (COP21) renewable energy solutions and visions for a renewables-powered future are being showcased to world leaders at the international conference ‘RE-Energising the Future’ (today, 9:30-19:00, Palais Broingnart). Representing a cost-effective solution to energy sector decarbonisation, renewables contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – a top priority to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. Moreover, they reduce the dependence on fossil fuels, create jobs, and support the economy. Renewables currently provide 22.8%i of the world’s electricity.   During the event, government leaders including Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Ségolène Royal, French Minister for Environment, Abdelkader Amara, Moroccan Minister of Energy, Jerry Brown, the Governor of California, and Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, will discuss their plans for scaling up renewable energy investments. CEOs from companies such as MASDAR, Solar Power Company Group, 50 Hertz and Iberdrola will showcase innovations and breakthroughs; representatives from Google, Facebook, Statoil, Build Your Dreams and M-KOPA, among others, will discuss their 100% renewable energy operations. Popular musician Akon will present his Akon Lighting Africa initiative.   In addition, two new initiatives will be launched: the establishment of the...

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

Prof. Arthouros Zervos re-elected as Chair of REN21

The steering committee of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century- REN21, convened Wednesday the 7th October 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa and unanimously re–elected Professor Arthouros Zervos as its Chair. Dr Zervos is internationally distinguished in the energy sector and will serve his second, three year term with the organisation. The election of Prof. Arthouros Zervos took place back-to back with the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) in Cape Town, South Africa. Arthouros Zervos is a Professor at the National Technical University of Athens with more than 30 years of high level expertise in policy, science, research and technology across the European renewable energy sector. Has led the most important European organizations on Renewable Energy Sources and has provided advisory services to Governments, the European Commission and other bodies. Since 2013 he has been Chair of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). Dr. Zervos has served as President of the European Wind Energy Association (2001-2013), President of the European Renewable Energy Council (2000-2012) and Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council (2005-2010), while also serving from 2009 to 2015 as Chairman and CEO of PPC S.A. and Chairman of PPC Renewables.

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.

SACREEE Centre Inaugurated

The SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency was inaugurated today at the plenary session of SAIREC 2015.   SACREEE aims to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and the development of markets, through sharing information and best practices, developing sound policy, regulatory, and legal frameworks, and building the capacity within SADC member states for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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.  

SAIREC: Daily Bulletin

The conference was formally opened by Mr Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21. Keynote speakers included the German Ambassador, the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and South Africa’s Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson.   Day 2 saw over 14 side events, an exciting continuation to the exhibition and several parallel sessions discussing the challenges and opportunities for renewables.The core conference themes were further developed in two high-level panel discussions held in plenary. The sessions focussed on Sustianble Energy for All and Transitioning to Renewables respectively.   REN21 launched the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, produced by the Renewable Energy PolicyNetwork for the 21st Century (REN21) and commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).   The Lookout on the Waterfront was the venue of the Gala Dinner. Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson spoke, reiterating South Africa’s commitment to growing RE, and citing the DoE’s newly launched publication, State of Renewable Energy in South Africa.   A high-level summary of proceedings is available here.   If you are attending SAIREC, you can also access the news bulletin from the conference app on your mobile device – go to the relevant App store and download the “My Event” app. In the app, enter the Event ID: SAIREC2015.

Media Release: SAIREC 2015 Opens

With over 3600 delegates from 82 countries, the South African Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, in Cape Town on 4th October 2015, officially opened SAIREC. Minister Joemat-Pettersson, in her statement noted that rolling out more renewable energy projects is an important part of the solution to the country’s continued energy challenges. Later, REN21 Chair Dr. Arthouros Zervos took the stand and pointed out that “On the African continent South Africa is leading the way with its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and is, therefore, the ideal host for such an international gathering.” To read the statement by the Minister of Energy, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson click here. And here for all other press releases.