REN21 brings together governments, non-governmental organisations, research and academic institutions, international organisations and industry to learn from one another and build on successes that advance renewable energy. To assist policy decision-making, REN21 provides high-quality information, catalyses discussion and debate, and supports the development of thematic networks.

REN21 facilitates the collection of comprehensive and timely information on renewable energy. This information reflects diverse viewpoints from both private and public sector actors, serving to dispel myths about renewable energy and to catalyse policy change. It does this through six product lines:

Renewables Global Status Report (GSR)

First released in 2005, REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) has grown to become a truly collaborative effort, drawing on an international network of over 800 authors, contributors and reviewers. Today it is the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends.

Regional Reports

These reports detail the renewable energy developments of a particular region; their production also supports regional data collection processes and informed decision making.

Renewables Interactive Map

The Renewables Interactive Map is a research tool for tracking the development of renewable energy worldwide. It complements the perspectives and findings of REN21’s Global and Regional Status Reports by providing infographics from the reports as well as offering detailed, exportable data packs.

Global Futures Reports (GFR)

REN21 produces reports that illustrate the credible possibilities for the future of renewables within particular thematic areas.

Renewables Academy

The REN21 Renewables Academy provides an opportunity for lively exchange among the growing community of REN21 contributors. It offers a venue to brainstorm on future-orientated policy solutions and allows participants to actively contribute on issues central to a renewable energy transition.

International Renewable Energy Conferences (IREC)

The International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) is a high-level political conference series. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, the biennial IREC is hosted by a national government and convened by REN21.





Arthouros Zervos National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Association for Renewable Energy of Lusophone Countries (ALER)

Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA)

Clean Energy Council (CEC)

European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF)

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)

Global Solar Council (GSC)

Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Indian Renewable Energy Federation (IREF)

International Geothermal Association (IGA)

International Hydropower Association (IHA)

Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN)

Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean (RES4MED)

World Bioenergy Association (WBA)

World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)


Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)

European Commission (EC)

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

International Energy Agency (IEA)

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UN Environment (UNEP)

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

World Bank (WB)


Climate Action Network (CAN)

Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)

Fundación Energías Renovables (FER)

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC)

Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE)

Greenpeace International

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia

Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)

Mali Folkecenter (MFC)

Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

Renewable Energy Institute (REI)

World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)

World Future Council (WFC)

World Resources Institute (WRI)

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


Michael Eckhart

Mohamed El-Ashry

David Hales

Kirsty Hamilton

Peter Rae








South Africa


United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America


Fundación Bariloche (FB)

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)


Christine Lins REN21


REN21 is a multi-stakeholder network that spans the private and public sectors. Collectively this network of renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency experts shares its insight and knowledge, helping the REN21 Secretariat produce its annual Renewables Global Status Report as well as regional reports. Today the network has over 800 active contributors and reviewers.

These experts engage in the GSR process, giving their time, contributing data and providing comment in the peer review process. The result of this collaboration is an annual publication that has established itself as the world’s most frequently referenced report on the global renewable energy market, industry and policy landscape.

R Tracking 155 countries

R Covering 96% of global GDP

R Representing 96% of global population