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Call for tender – ECOWAS Renewable Energy Status Report

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is one of the most active regions in Africa for the promotion of renewables and energy efficiency. The region’s considerable renewable energy resources are central in helping meet current and projected demand. Renewable energy also presents an opportunity for the region to achieve a globally important position in the renewable energy market, which is likely to become the cornerstone of a low-carbon green economy of the future. To facilitate the uptake of renewables in the region, REN21 and ECOWAS ECREEE have joined together to produce an ECOWAS Renewable Energy Status Report.  The following call is for authoring the ECOWAS Status Report and Executive Summary. The Terms of Reference are available here. For any questions, please contact the REN21 Secretariat The deadline date for receipt of the proposals is: Friday, 8th  November 2013, 17:00 (CET)  

Call for tender – REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report

The Renewables Global Status Report is produced as a collaborative effort of more than 500 international experts, comprising several authors, a network of regional, technology and topical contributors, and expert reviewers. For the 2014 edition, the REN21 Secretariat is calling for tenders for the Research Direction and Lead Authorship position, as well as Lead Technology Authorships covering the renewable energy technologies (bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean energy, solar energy, wind power) and sectors (power, heating & cooling, transport) presented in the Renewables Global Status Report. | More information (click to download a zip file containing additional details) For further information, please contact the REN21 Secretariat. The deadline date for receipt of the proposals is: Friday, 11 October 2013, 10.00 AM (Paris time)

Start of GSR Webinar Series

Interested in learning about results from REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report? Want to hear about developments in your region? If so, join us for our webinar series starting this September. | more information regarding times and regions covered.

IRENA releases IOREC Key Findings

IRENA co-organised the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) along with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in Accra, Ghana, on 1-2 November 2012. This report presents the key findings and recommendations that emerged from the roundtable discussions during IOREC. | more information

RECP Mini-Grid Workshop to be held in Tanzania

The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) is organising a Mini-Grid workshop in Arusha, Tanzania on 5 September 2013. This workshop is an initiative of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), incollaboration with The Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI), the Rural Energy Agency (REA) Tanzania, the World Bank, and the European Union Energy Initiative – Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF). | more information

IEA releases its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR)

NEW YORK – Power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR). The MTRMR is on sale at the IEA bookshop. Accredited journalists who would like more information or who wish to receive a complimentary copy should contact | more information

MENA renewable energy capacity set to grow 60-fold by 2030

IRENA, REN21 and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the findings of the report, “Status and Trends of Renewables: From the MENA Region to a Global Setting”, at a policy discussion at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). The MENA report was released in Paris and Abu Dhabi on 3 June, in association with the launch of REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report. | more information

Release of the Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

The Renewables 2013 Global Status Report provides unparalleled information on renewable energy markets, industries and policy frameworks. The report showcases an impressive increase in global capacity across all renewable energy sectors, with supporting policies spreading simultaneously; Of the 138 countries with renewables targets or policies in place, two-thirds are in the developing world. Investment in renewable energy significantly increased in developing countries in 2012 while globally it decreased due to reduced technology costs and policy instability in some industrialised countries. In 2012, an estimated 5.7 million people worldwide worked directly or indirectly in the renewable energy sector. The 180 page report covers recent developments, current status and key trends. Over 500 contributors participated in this year’s process, making the GSR 2013 a truly international and collaborative effort. The report was launched June 12th, 2013 in conjunction with the Frankfurt School –UNEP/BNEF’s Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013 | more information

Release of the MENA Renewables Status Report

The MENA Renewables Status Report provides unparalleled insights into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, an emerging renewable energy champion. The report reveals massive growth in the MENA renewable energy markets: regional investment topped US2.9 billion in 2012, up 40% from 2011 and 650% from 2004.  There are currently over 100 projects under development with an anticipated 450% increase of non-hydro renewable energy generating capacity over the next few years. The report also provides an overview of the region’s renewable energy markets, industry, policy and investment trends, drawing on the most recent data provided by over 50 regional contributors and researchers. The MENA Renewables Status Report was released on 3 June, 2013 conjointly by theInternational Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), REN21, and the United Arab Emirates as an outcome of ADIREC 2013. | more information

REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) launched

On 16 January 2013, REN21 launched its new flagship publication, the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), produced by REN21 in co-operation with ISEP, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy of Japan. The REN21 Global Futures Report author, Dr. Eric Martinot, presented the report in the opening session of the ADIREC 2013 where he and Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at International Energy Agency (IEA), discussed the future of renewable energy and what is in the cards in 2013 and beyond.  Moderated by Sky News Arabia, speakers Martinot and Birol provided their high-level perspectives on the global renewable energy outlook in view of existing economic instability and the range of credible possibilities for renewable energy in the long-term. With the world’s energy dynamics becoming increasingly complex, there is a need for greater global dialogue and collaboration to address how the world will power its future generations. As a compilation (mosaic) of viewpoints, the report is designed to do just that, to stimulate discussion and thinking about the future in new ways. The GFR provides access to the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy, grounded in the opinion of 170 leading experts worldwide and the projections of 50 recently published scenarios. It paints a mosaic of the possibilities ahead. REN21 intends to use this report to facilitate dialogues and discussions about the future of renewable energy among a wide range of stakeholders, and especially with a view to future policy making. A series...

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