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.

Renewables Global Futures Report 2017 now Available!

REN21 has released its latest report on the feasibility and challenges of achieving a 100% renewable energy future. Renewables Global Futures Report: Great debates towards 100% Renewable Energy, analyses the views of 114 renowned energy experts from every region of the world, interviewed over the course of 2016. The results are clustered as “12 Great Debates”:   100% Renewables: A logical consequence of the Paris Agreement? Global Energy Demand Development: Efficiency on a global level? Renewable Power Generation: The winner takes all? The Future of Heating: Thermal or electrical applications? Renewables for Transport: Electrification versus biofuels? Interconnection of Sectors: System thinking required Storage: Supporter or competitor of the power grid? Technology versus Costs: Which should come first? Scaling-up Investments and Work Force: 100% renewables for socio-economic change Utilities of the Future: What will they look like? Mega Cites: Mega possibilities Energy Access Enabled Through Renewables: How to speed up connections?   To download the full report, infographics and press release head to the Renewables Global Futures Report page.

REN21 Annual Report 2016

REN21’s 2016 Annual Report is now available online. The report summarises REN21’s activities throughout 2016, including our latest publications, activities, and 2015 accounts.  The report also outlines what REN21 will do in 2017, including the co-hosting of MEXIREC in Mexico City, 11-13 September, 2017.  Mark your calendars!   REN21 Annual Report 2016 is available here.