Dr. Eric Martinot and the unique REN21 global network of top renewable energy experts have done it again! Lucid, authoritative, and comprehensive, this valuable synthesis illuminates today’s best thinking on renewable energy futures.
Global Futures Report
REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR)
(PDF – 6 MB)
This new REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report presents views of 114 renowned energy experts from around the world, on the feasibility and challenges of achieving a 100% renewable energy future. Their thoughts are grouped into 12 Great Debates ranging from the future of heating and transport, the interconnection of sectors, the role of mega-cities and what utilities of the future could look like.
The report does not predict the future but should spur debate about the opportunities and challenges of a 100% renewable energy future.
REN21 discussing Renewables Global Futures Report
Webinar: 100% Renewables: Pipe Dream or Reality?
In order to achieve a clean energy transition there needs to be an open and frank discussion about the feasibility of achieving it with renewables and energy efficiency and what related macro-economic impacts might be. The stakes are high – financially, environmentally and socially – and as the transition progresses, there will be clear winners and losers.
This webinar presents a full spectrum of views as to whether getting to a 100% renewables by mid-century is a pipe-dream or not. There is a global presentation of the report followed by regional insights from Africa and India.
The event was hosted by the Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).
The dynamic nature of renewable energy markets, technologies, and cost reductions continuing, we can look to the future with a very different perspective than what we have seen in the past decade.
The purpose of this report is to show the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy. It does not present just one vision of the future, but rather a full and objective range of visions, based on the collective and contemporary thinking of many.
What is our current thinking about the future of renewable energy? What is the range of credible possibilities for that future? This report is a “mosaic” of insight into these questions.
The report is intended as a tool for education and discussion, and as an objective framework for thinking about the future.
The report gives substance to the range of choice which is ours. It is a composite picture of the possible. And it is a ‘welcome’ to a world in whichour children can live.
David Hales, President, Second Nature
Really an admirable achievement! Considering the enormous amount of data and viewpoints collected, the author manages to get all that information into something readable and interesting.
Tomas Kåberger, Executive Board Chairman, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation
Report author Eric Martinot uses present status as a starting point for visions of the future, creating an innovative blend of present and future. The report provides a full and objective range of visions, based on the collective and contemporary thinking of many.
Mohamed El-Ashry, Former Chairman, REN21, and Senior Fellow, UN Foundation
The REN21 Global Futures Report crowd-sources a vision for the future of the world energy system from the collective wisdom of 170 experts. The author has sifted through much noise and uncertainty to produce a picture that is as clear as it is uplifting. A remarkable tour de force.
Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
This remarkable report will be invaluable to anyone who needs to understand the wide range of expert conclusions about the direction and pace of the ongoing energy revolution. I don’t think that anyone but Eric Martinot could have pulled this off.
Christopher Flavin, President Emeritus, Worldwatch Institute
The Renewables Global Futures Report 2013 is excellent work. It shows what optimistic experts have said all along: A transition of the world’s energy system to 100% renewables is possible in a few decades.
Hans-Josef Fell, member of the German parliament
- Supplementary Materials: Glossary, Bibliography, and Endnotes (PDF, 28 pages, 0.8 MB)
- Scenario Profiles Report (PDF, 70 pages, 1.0 MB)
Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy, San Francisco, Conference Keynote (33 min.)
TEDx Tokyo, Renewable Energy Is Our Future (11 min.)
University of Colorado Boulder, Lecture (75 min. including Q&A)
Conventional Wisdom About Clean Energy Is Still Way Out of Date, Greentech Media, May 9, review by Chris Nelder
Enlightening and Empowering: REN21’s Global Futures Report on Renewables, by David Hales, President, Second Nature (Education for Sustainability)
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