REN21 at 4th International Conference Energy & Meteorology

Join REN21 at the 4th International Conference on Energy & Meteorology (ICEM);  a unique chance for the energy industry and the meteorological sector to connect, exchange knowledge, and work together.   REN21’s Executive Secretary Christine Lins will be participating in a a series of sessions over the course of the event:   Pre-Conference Seminar 26 June   An overview of REN21’s latest Renewables 2017 Global Status Report.   16:20 – 16:55   Opening Plenary Session: 27 June   Opening remarks along with Alberto Troccoli (Chair and ICEM 2017 Convener; Managing Director of WEMC), Domenico Laforgia (Head of Economic Development of Department of the Apulia Region), Florence Rabier (Director-General of ECMWF) and Giles Dickson (CEO of Wind Europe).   08:45 – 10:45   Panel Session: High Penetration Renewable Energy Scenarios 27 June   Discussion about the status and trends of global renewable energy and the implications of high-penetration scenarios.   16:15 – 18:00   The 4th ICEM, will have a series of targeted workshops, panel discussions with international experts, and brainstorming sessions.  The idea is to generate new ideas and plant the seeds for new  opportunities by interacting with an international community of energy specialists, economists, scientists, and policymakers working at the thriving nexus of energy with weather and climate.    For more information on registration, the itinerary and speakers, visit the ICEM website.                

Join us at CEEW Shakti Renewable Energy Dialogue

CEEW Shakti Renewable Energy Dialogue   21 June 2017, 10:00 am – 17:00 pm at the Le Meridien Hotel Sovereign 2,  8, Windsor Place, Janpath, New Delhi 110001   Keynote address and report release by Shri Piyush Goyal, Honourable Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, and Mines (TBC)   The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation are hosting the CEEW Shakti Renewable Energy Dialogue, being held in partnership with the International Solar Alliance and REN21.    About the Dialogue   India has displayed global leadership in the promotion of renewable energy, aiming to expand its renewable energy capacity at a record pace, and to a record level of 175 GW by 2022. The past year has seen a number of highs for the sector in India – record-low tariffs, introduction of auction-based bidding for wind projects, increased investment flows into the sector, etc. At the same time, renewable energy sources continue to cement their role in the energy mix of countries around the world. The dialogue will discuss both the growing role of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and the growing role of India in further advancing renewable energy deployment.   Agenda   0900 – 0930 Registration and Tea 0930 – 0940 Welcome address by Shri Jamshyd Godrej, Chairperson, CEEW 0940 – 1030 India in the World of Renewable EnergyPanel Discussion: India’s leadership and the role of international platforms in scaling up the adoption of renewable energy 1040 – 1100 Keynote address by...

Renewables 2017 Global Status Report presented at Colombian Renewable Energy Conference

REN21’s Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (GSR) will be presented at the Colombian Renewable Energy Conference.   The Latin American Association of Mining and Energy (ALAME), will hold the Colombian Renewable Energies Conference on June 15 and 16 in Cartagena.   Among the academic agenda will be the presence of the Researcher Gonzalo Bravo, representing the Bariloche Foundation, who will analyze the report on the GSR.   The report  presents the progress and trends towards the end of 2016, as well as the trends observed at the beginning of 2017, wherever possible. This annual report was first published in 2005 and presents the most complete and up-to-date picture on the state of recent developments and trends in the global renewable energy, industry, investment and policy development markets. Because of its design, it does not provide an analysis or forecast but rather seeks to make key information available to stakeholders in this sector. The data provided is based on an international network of more than 800 collaborators, researchers and authors.   Gonzalo Bravo will give a regional imprint to this Report, regarding the need to accelerate the development of each of the countries in Latin America and of course the global development of the Region, discussing what role renewable energy can play in this development .   The agenda can be found here and the report can be found here.

REN21 UNECE Status Report 2017 launched

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 had only 0.2% or USD 0.4 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2015.   Attracting investment is a major challenge in these countries, despite numerous support schemes and policies for renewable energy. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, industry, policy and regulatory frameworks, and investment activities. It covers 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.   We would like to thank in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany (BMWi) which supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.   The report was launched 12 June, 2017 at Ministerial Conference and the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana/Kazakhstan.   The report is available here.

GSR2017 Now Available

This year’s edition reveals a global energy transition well underway with record new additions on installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions for the third year running.     But despite these positive trends the pace of the transition is not on track to achieve the goals established in the Paris Agreement.  Read about the evolution of renewables over the course of 2016 here.

Check out the new GSR microsite!

The new microsite allows you to read the full GSR2017 on-line.  References are now easily accessible – hover your mouse over a reference and see all the sources, including hyperlinks.   The infographics are incorporated throughout the text and a simple navigation structure allows you to jump easily from chapter to chapter.   The new GOOGLE translate function means that you can read the report in your native language.   GSR Microsite.

Internship Opportunities Available

REN21 is seeking two dynamic individuals who are interested in gaining experience in the renewable energy sector. The internships are for six months and remunerated.   Community Management/Research Internship, application deadline: Wednesday, 21 June 2017. Start date August 21st 2017. Social Media/Data Intern Vacancy, application deadline: Sunday, 18 June 2017. Start date September 4th 2017. To apply, send a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to secretariat@ren21.net.   Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” or “REN21 Community Management/Research Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   Good luck!

Don’t miss us at CEM-8!

June 7:  REN21 will launch its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report  at CEM-8.   Join us to hear how a global energy transition is well under way, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, particularly for solar PV and wind power, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the third year running.   The event is part of CEM-8 side events.   Details are as follows:   Status Quo and Challenges for the Energy Transition:  Global renewable energy development and the role of renewables in China’s energy system. 7 June: 13:30 – 16:00   Check the CEM programme for final room location

Join us on Thunderclap!

The Renewables 2017 Global Status Report is ready and we want to get the word out!   The global energy transition is well under way, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the third year running. But there’s no time to waste – we need to go further, faster to reach the climate goals. We therefore need your help!   Can you spread the word about the latest renewable energy developments on June 7? We will be releasing the Renewables 2017 Global Status Report at the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial.   To make is easy, we have set up a Thunderclap campaign. It’s completely safe and will automatically post exactly ONE tweet on your behalf on 7 June.   The tweet is:   #RE are unstoppable w/2016 records! Now further faster to reach climate goals ren21.net/gsr #GSR2017 #CEM8    It takes 5 seconds to join:  Simply click here http://thndr.me/2i3CkH and follow the instructions.  That’s it!    

Promoting Women in Sustainable Energy Sector

As part of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum, REN21 and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organised a side event to discuss and strengthen the role of women in the transition towards a sustainable energy system.   Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, pointed out that “there is a gender gap in the global renewable energy workforce. The under-representation of women in sustainable energy is part of a bigger problem of the under-representation of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   At a reception that followed the event, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) was launched. The network aims to empower women who work in sustainable energy in developed, emerging and developing countries through mentoring, coaching, advocacy and technical cooperation.”   For more information on gender mainstreaming at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017, click here.