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.  

SAIREC 2015 has opened!

The sixth International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) scheduled to take place in Cape Town, South Africa officially opens 4 October, 2015. The International Renewable Conferences are dedicated to renewable energy and provide a global platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to advance energy. For more details visit the SAIREC webpage.

SAIREC Side Events

SAIREC side events start today, 4 October! The Southern African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) side events are complementary to the conference programme. The side events offer the opportunity for organisations to showcase specific projects or works and allow participants to discuss in-depth a particular issue whiles affording networking opportunities. These events will held in advance of the scheduled sessions, during breaks, or in the evening, Exhibitors can also hold side events within their exhibition space. Visit the SAIREC webpage for more information.

Follow us on twitter!

Would you like to know more about SAIREC 2015? To receive live, up to date information, follow us on twitter. As part of launching the Southern African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) and the SADC Report, REN21 will engage in several outreach activities via twitter and other social media outlets. Follow us on twitter at @REN21. Join us in talking about the conference: #SAIREC2015 #ReEnergisingAfrica

Launch of SADC Report – coming tomorrow!

The SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report Report will be launched 5 October, 2015. The report provides policymakers, industry, investors and civil society a comprehensive overview of areas for potential challenges and opportunities for meeting the region’s need for accessible, clean and sustainable energy. For more information visit the REN21 website.

REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report: Renewable Energy Integration

24 September 2015 10:00 a.m. EDT | 4:00 p.m. CEST Check your local time. Reserve your seat now. For more information. The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training for the launch of REN21’s flagship report, the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, focusing on its findings related to renewable energy integration. Join us to find out what made 2014 another record year for renewables. Learn how increased additions of solar PV and wind in the electricity sector have driven other energy sectors and how 2014 marks the first time we decoupled CO2 emissions from economic growth. This webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2015 Global Status Report and will then look at the status of integrating increased shares of renewables—specifically in Europe and America. With the estimated renewable energy share of global electricity production standing at 22.8%, utilities are grappling with how best to bring large amounts of renewable energy online. Hear about what has happened to date and where future challenges and opportunities might be. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

UNECE Report: Open for Peer Review – Your expert input needed!

We are happy to announce that the review draft of the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report is ready for your valuable input.   The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) have joined forces to develop this report, which draws on the experience of many contributors, making it a collaborative effort and a great resource for the region.   We invite your valuable expert comments on the draft, which can be accessed on REN21+ at Your input and any comments are highly appreciated and will be acknowledged in the final report.   For instructions how to create a user profile on REN21+ (if you do not already have an account) and how to use the peer review tool to access the draft and submit comments, please click here.   This review process will close on Wednesday, 23 September 2015, at 12:00 CEST. No comment will be accepted after this time. Also feel free to distribute this invitation to your network!   The UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report concentrates on the efforts of 17 selected countries in the region: 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.   Please feel free to contact me ( or Shweta Koshy ( should you have any questions. If you experience any problems with the peer review tool, please email   Thank you in advance for your valuable...

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    

ECREEEE: co-host of ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is co-hosting the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum 14th to 18th September 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire   The Forum will bring together top-level policy and decision makers, project promoters, investors and international partners to meet, discuss and explore relevant inter-linkages between enabling environment and project development and financing and identify concrete investment opportunities. It will facilitate match-making for investment ready projects and serve as a platform for the governments of the ECOWAS countries to present the renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access targets as well as the agreed policy measures included in their Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans. Furthermore, the event will provide a veritable platform for stakeholder dialogue on the required next steps to mitigate existing barriers to sustainable energy investments in the ECOWAS region.   REN21 will present on the Closing the Data Gap; The relevance of quality data for sound decision-making.   Co-organisers of the Forum are the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Technology Initiative – Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI-PFAN), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The event is supported by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the European Union (EU), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).