Global Futures Report

REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR)

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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.

You are welcome to use the information contained in this report free-of-charge. We ask that you:
1) Include the following citation  

REN21, < year of publication > < Name of publication > Paris, REN21 Secretariat

2) Send a copy of the final work to: secretariat@ren21.net

 

2017 Infographics

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).

 

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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.

You are welcome to use the information contained in this report free-of-charge. We ask that you:
1) Include the following citation  

REN21, < year of publication > < Name of publication > Paris, REN21 Secretariat

2) Send a copy of the final work to: secretariat@ren21.net

Supplementary Files

Videos from REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report Speaking Events:

(More details and comments on these events can be found on Dr. Martinot’s Blog)

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)

Web Reviews:

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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