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REN21’s Data Culture

REN21’s unique renewable energy reporting culture has earned the organization a reputation as a neutral data and knowledge broker that provides credible and widely accepted information. This culture has been developed and honed since 2005. The Renewables in Cities Global Status Report continues this tradition, delivering quality, unbiased data and analysis for local level actors. This culture has been developed and honed since 2005. The Renewables in Cities Global Status Report continues this tradition, delivering quality, unbiased data and analysis for local level actors.


The REN21 reporting culture is:

  • Developing data collection processes that build on a diverse community of experts, pulling together dispersed data and information that is traditionally not collected;
  • Consolidating formal (official) and informal (unofficial/unconventional) data, gathered in a collaborative and transparent way (e.g. referencing);
  • Complementing and validating data and information in an open peer-review process;
  • Using validated data and information to provide fact-based evidence and to shape the global debate on the energy transition, monitor advancements, and inform decision processes;
  • Making data and information openly available so that they can to be used by people in their work to advocate for renewable energy.

REN21 has been successful in “making the invisible visible” in the global energy debate.  It is furthering this mission by highlighting the role of cities in the renewable energy transition.