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.

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.

Solar District Heating : a Global and European Overview

The European project SDHp2m and REN21  joined forces to organise a webinar to offer a global and European overview on the situation of solar district heating (SDH).   The webinar featured the current and future development of this promising technology within the district heating sector.   Presenters included Hannah E. Murdock – REN21,  Laure Deschaintre – Solites and Professor Jan-Olof Dalenbäck – Chalmers University of Technology.  The event was moderated by Inés Arias Iglesias – Euroheat & Power.   You can watch the webinar here. The webinar was held 12 July, 2017, 15:00 -16:30

Energy Transition: The New Paradigm

  The EU-Russia Energy and Climate Conference takes place in Moscow on 29 June 2017.   The conference aims to:   Provide an open discussion on energy transition and climate change trends and issues between representatives of EU and Russian authorities, expert and business communities. Focus both on the global developments and the possible impacts of these trends on the Russian energy sector and national economy. Assess technical, resource saving and environmental potential and cost benefits of the energy policy, focused on energy transition, in Russia. Analyse technological, structural and policy challenges, barriers and opportunities. REN21’s Executive Secretary Christine Lins will be launching the Renewables 2017 Global Status Report at the ‘Energy Transition in the World’ Session between 10:30 and 11:30.   Conference Date: 29 June 2017 Time: 09:00 – 18:00 Venue: Golden Ring Hotel Address: Golden Ring Hotel, Smolenskaya UL, 5, Moscow, 119121, Russia.   The agenda is available for download here.