Policy frameworks need to take a systems approach with more fully integrated policies across sectors if we are serious about achieving the energy transition. To do this: measures are needed to support the integration of variable renewable energy policies need to be more comprehensive than those devised for the energy sector alone These are two key conclusions from this latest report on Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition Renewables have experienced a remarkable evolution over the past decade now forming the cutting edge –with energy efficiency– of a global energy transition. The growth in the deployment of renewable energy technologies now outpaces that of any other energy source. But progress has not been homogenous. Uneven uptake, barriers ranging from technology and financial risks, and integration challenges in markets with high shares of renewables persist. This new joint publication of REN21, the IEA and IRENA outlines the options available to policy makers to support the development of renewables. An updated policy classification and terminology provides a global reference for policy instruments. The final chapter, “The Way Forward” proposes a holistic approach for policy making. Download the publication here.
The Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) is REN21’s flagship report, released annually and providing a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. It is the most-referenced document on renewables today. (For the latest edition of the GSR, see www.ren21.net/gsr.) The tendering process for GSR chapter authors and editor consultants for both the GSR 2019 and GSR 2020 editions is now open. All interested parties are invited to submit proposals.To see a detailed description for each tender, click on the associated link below. Editor for the Renewables Global Status Report: Editor | Details Renewables Global Status Report Chapter/Section Authorship: Policy Landscape | Details Investment Flows | Details Distributed Renewables for Energy Access | Details Global Overview | Details Enabling Technologies and Energy Systems Integration | Details Energy Efficiency | Details Bioenergy | Details Geothermal Power and Heat | Details Hydropower | Details Ocean Energy | Details Solar Photovoltaics (PV) | Details Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSP) | Details Solar Thermal Heating and Cooling | Details Wind Power | Details The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018, 23:00 (CEST)
Thanks REN21 member the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), the GSR2018 Highlights are now available in Chinese. Now more people than ever will be able to keep updated on the status of renewables. The highlights can be downloaded free-of-charge here. Please spread the word!
The production process of the 2018 edition of the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report is in full swing. The report is a joint effort between the REN21, SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre (SACREEE) and UNIDO with the financial support of the Austrian Development Cooperation. The report will have a similar chapter structure as its 2015 predecessor, with comparable content and presentation. REN21 is now calling for proposals to help in the production of the report. Proposals are sought for a text editor, designer, and translators. Details of each task can be found by clicking on the related description below. Please note that deadlines for submission vary. All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. EDITOR for the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report | Deadline: Monday 30 July 2018 | Description DESIGNER for the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report | Deadline: Thursday 9 August 2018 | Description TRANSLATOR (English → French) for the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report | Deadline: Thursday 9 August 2018 | Description TRANSLATOR (English → Portuguese) for the SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report | Deadline: Thursday 9 August 2018 | Description Spread the news!
The REN21 Community is growing and much is happening within the Secretariat and the Community. Our July version of the newsletter will guide you through the latest news that should not be missed. You can access the newsletter here. In the future you can receive it directly in your inbox by subscribing here.
Join us in New York 12 July for a lively exchange on what can, should, and should not be done to ensure that renewables are at the scale necessary to meet 2030 objectives. The event will be held 10:00-13:00 on 12 July at the German Permanent Mission, 5 mins from the UN. The event is co-hosted with the German and Dutch governments. You can see a copy of the agenda here. Registration is a must – so please click here if you plan to join us. Copies of Highlights 2018 will be distributed; lunch is also offered.
This year’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report GSR reveals two realities: one in which a revolution in the power sector is driving rapid change towards a renewable energy future, and another in which the overall transition is not advancing with the speed needed. Click here to access the GSR 2018 microsite where you can read all about specific market, investment and policy development. The site allows you to read the full report on-line and link directly to all the references, you can even translate the site into another language. A separate link allows you to download the full report as a PDF if that is your preferred option. There is also a link to the Highlights 2018 document which outlines the broad trends that defined the renewables sector in 2018. Click here to get started.
Join REN21 and the Clean Energy Solutions Center for two webinars looking at specific themes detailed in REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR). From a Renewable Electricity Transformation to a Renewable Energy System Transformation: Renewables in heating, cooling and transport – 21 June 7:00 EST / 16:00 CEST The renewable power sector is dynamic and undergoing rapid changes – with falling costs, record installations, increasing investment, and several new, innovative business models. But these positive developments tell only part of the story. The webinar will begin with the key findings from REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. It will then dive into the status of renewables in the heating, cooling and transport sectors and what is needed to speed the uptake of renewables to meet climate objectives and the SDGs. Register here SPEAKERS: Hannah E. Murdock (Project Manager & Analyst, REN21), Ute Collier (Senior Programme Lead, Renewable Energy Division, IEA), Holger Dalkmann (Interim Secretary General, SLoCaT Partnership) Getting Investment Where It’s Needed: How do we level the playing field? – June 26 7:00 EST / 13:00 CEST / 16:30 IST Investments in renewable energy, while higher than in earlier years, were not on the scale necessary to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. Regionally concentrated and inadequate to achieve universal energy access: investment needs to increase in the sectors and regions that need it the most. Simply put, the global renewable energy transition is progressing far too slowly. Register here SPEAKERS: Laura E. Williamson (Outreach &...
REN21 member IRENA has started the search process for its next Director-General, and is inviting applicants for the position. The deadline for submissions is on 6 June 2018. More information can be found in the Vacancy Announcement. Qualified candidates may submit their application through the online application form.
Rana Adib was officially appointed as REN21’s Executive Secretary, following on its Steering Committee meeting in Berlin this April. Rana has previously been REN21’s Research Coordinator, developing the global expert community and leading the the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report series to become an international reference in the renewable energy field. Rana has over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing thematically innovative and cross-cutting projects in energy and climate-related fields. We look forward to bridging and building the energy future together. Welcome Rana!