19-22 June the ICLEI World Congress 2018 will take place in Montreal, Canada, making visible local governments and their successful initiatives, innovative policies and remarkable results in achieving urban sustainability. Top-class experts in urban development and sustainability with share their thoughts and expertise. REN21’s Rana Adib will take part, Friday 22 June, 12:30 – 14:00, where she will present on the “Driving community-based energy transitions” session. If you are around, make sure not to miss this, or follow us on twitter @REN21 for updates! You can register for the ICLEI World Congress here
This year’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report GSR reveals two realities: one in which a revolution in the power sector is driving rapid change towards a renewable energy future, and another in which the overall transition is not advancing with the speed needed. Click here to access the GSR 2018 microsite where you can read all about specific market, investment and policy development. The site allows you to read the full report on-line and link directly to all the references, you can even translate the site into another language. A separate link allows you to download the full report as a PDF if that is your preferred option. There is also a link to the Highlights 2018 document which outlines the broad trends that defined the renewables sector in 2018. Click here to get started.
Join REN21 and the Clean Energy Solutions Center for two webinars looking at specific themes detailed in REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report (GSR). From a Renewable Electricity Transformation to a Renewable Energy System Transformation: Renewables in heating, cooling and transport – 21 June 7:00 EST / 16:00 CEST The renewable power sector is dynamic and undergoing rapid changes – with falling costs, record installations, increasing investment, and several new, innovative business models. But these positive developments tell only part of the story. The webinar will begin with the key findings from REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. It will then dive into the status of renewables in the heating, cooling and transport sectors and what is needed to speed the uptake of renewables to meet climate objectives and the SDGs. Register here SPEAKERS: Hannah E. Murdock (Project Manager & Analyst, REN21), Ute Collier (Senior Programme Lead, Renewable Energy Division, IEA), Holger Dalkmann (Interim Secretary General, SLoCaT Partnership) Getting Investment Where It’s Needed: How do we level the playing field? – June 26 7:00 EST / 13:00 CEST / 16:30 IST Investments in renewable energy, while higher than in earlier years, were not on the scale necessary to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. Regionally concentrated and inadequate to achieve universal energy access: investment needs to increase in the sectors and regions that need it the most. Simply put, the global renewable energy transition is progressing far too slowly. Register here SPEAKERS: Laura E. Williamson (Outreach &...
REN21 member IRENA has started the search process for its next Director-General, and is inviting applicants for the position. The deadline for submissions is on 6 June 2018. More information can be found in the Vacancy Announcement. Qualified candidates may submit their application through the online application form.
Rana Adib was officially appointed as REN21’s Executive Secretary, following on its Steering Committee meeting in Berlin this April. Rana has previously been REN21’s Research Coordinator, developing the global expert community and leading the the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report series to become an international reference in the renewable energy field. Rana has over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing thematically innovative and cross-cutting projects in energy and climate-related fields. We look forward to bridging and building the energy future together. Welcome Rana!
REN21 and 49 other stakeholder organisations worked to prepare 27 SDG 7 Policy Briefs. Collectively the briefs cover four main topics: 1. Advancing SDG 7 implementation 2. Strengthening interlinkages between SDG 7 and other SDGs 3. Addressing regional priorities 4. Accelerating transformation towards sustainable, inclusive and equitable energy future The stakeholder approach was used to draw on cross-sectional interlinkages, maximise synergies and minimise duplication. REN21 contributed to the Policy Brief #3: Substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. This brief emphasises the lag of renewable energy use in heating and cooling and transport sectors. It also highlights that efforts in end-use sector needs to be strengthened. The work was carried out under the guidance of the multi-stakeholder SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group convened by UN DESA. These briefs are in preparation for the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development which will be held 9-18 July, 2018 in New York. You can access the Policy Briefs here.
Policy frameworks need to take a systems approach with more fully integrated policies across sectors if we are serious about achieving the energy transition. To do this: measures are needed to support the integration of variable renewable energy policies need to be more comprehensive than those devised for the energy sector alone These are two key conclusions from this latest report on Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition Renewables have experienced a remarkable evolution over the past decade now forming the cutting edge –with energy efficiency– of a global energy transition. The growth in the deployment of renewable energy technologies now outpaces that of any other energy source. But progress has not been homogenous. Uneven uptake, barriers ranging from technology and financial risks, and integration challenges in markets with high shares of renewables persist. This new joint publication of REN21, the IEA and IRENA outlines the options available to policy makers to support the development of renewables. An updated policy classification and terminology provides a global reference for policy instruments. The final chapter, “The Way Forward” proposes a holistic approach for policy making. Download the publication here.
17-18 April REN21 will be in Berlin at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, taking part of the discussion on the global energy transition along with energy stakeholders from across the world. Make sure to pass by our stand to have a chat and get to know more about our team, work and publications! The conference will take place at the Federal Foreign Office – Unterwasserstaße 10, Berlin, Germany.
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