ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum April ’16

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) are co-hosting a series of events to promote decentralised renewable energy technologies and further cooperation. This two-day event will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.   Day 1: 12 April 2016 The Energy Access Investment will bring together key decision makers to discuss market conditions and key policy and financial initiatives on existing and upcoming rural electrification business opportunities. Both developing and emerging markets will be examined. Private sector, the (inter)national and European public sector representatives, financiers and investors , business players and civil society organisations are expected to participate. The day will close with a reception to celebrate ARE’s 10th anniversary.   Venue: ING Head office, Amsterdamse Poort, Bijlmerplein 888, 1102 MG Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cost : Free-entry Registration:  Complete form here.   Day 2: 13 April 2016 The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme will host the RECP Business and Finance Matchmaking Forum.   Venue: TBD Registration:  Complete form here.

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....

Gregory Wetstone is ACORE’s new president and CEO

The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Gregory Wetstone to become the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. “Greg’s experience, vision and history of leadership promoting renewable energy equip him well to take ACORE to new levels,” commented Dan Reicher, chairman of ACORE’s Board of Directors.   Click here to read more

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...

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.