Renewables 2017 Global Status Report presented at Colombian Renewable Energy Conference

REN21’s Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (GSR) was presented at the Colombian Renewable Energy Conference.   The Latin American Association of Mining and Energy (ALAME), held the Colombian Renewable Energies Conference on June 15 and 16 in Cartagena.   Among the academic agenda was the presence of the Researcher Gonzalo Bravo, representing the Bariloche Foundation, who analyzed 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 gave 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 report can be found here.


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   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 #GSR2017 #CEM8    It takes 5 seconds to join:  Simply click here 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.      

REN21 Executive Secretary Featured in GineersNow

REN21 Executive Secretary Christine Lins is featured as one of three leaders in shaping the global renewable energy landscape in the inaugural issue of GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders, The highlighted leaders have been identified because of their efforts in campaigning for safer and cleaner energy alternatives. In their pursuit to educate and inform people of the dangers of global warming, GineersNow asked REN21 and experts from EKOenergy and the World Wind Energy Association to discuss the importance of pushing the world to become 100% renewable. Find out how 2016 became a huge year for the renewable energy sector, which countries have made huge efforts to use sustainable energy and the latest technology shaping our future.  Read about all this here.      

Latin America: Zero net GHG power sector

On 20th April from 12:00 – 13:30, a discussion on: “The prospects of a Zero Net GHG Power Sector in Latin America,” will be held in the Large Conference Room at World Resources Institute, Suite 800, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20009.   A presentation on the topic by Walter Vergara, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, will be followed by a distinguished panel including Gabriela Elizondo (Senior Energy Specialist at the Latin American Department of the World Bank); Alexander Ochs (Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute and Founder and Managing Director, SD Strategies) and Guy Edwards (Co-Director of the Climate and Development Lab, Brown University). Opening remarks will be provided by Laura Williamson (Communication and Outreach Manager, REN21) and Jennifer Layke, Global Director Energy, World Resources Institute.  The presentation and the panel discussion will be webcasted.   Current power generation in Latin America is estimated at about 6.0 EJ (1.7 PWh), which represents close to a 60% increase since 2000 (Enerdata, 2016). Over half of the power today is generated using hydropower and to a much lesser extent other renewables, resulting in a relatively low GHG emission factor per MWh generated. Drivers behind this vigorous demand include an expanding population, a robust increase in GDPs across the region and associated improvements in living standards. These trends are expected to continue over the foreseeable future, requiring major investments in infrastructure even after gains in efficiency are accounted for. If power generation is decarbonized, many economic activities that depend on power...