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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...

REN21, UAE, and IRENA Launch an Executive Summary of the MENA Status Report

REN21 in partnership with the United Arab Emirates and IRENA released the Executive Summary of the upcoming Renewables MENA Status Report at ADIREC 2013, to showcase new investment opportunities and evolving renewable energy policy frameworks in the region.  The renewable energy market in the MENA region is rapidly expanding, with a diverse range of countries announcing projects and policies to harness the region’s abundance of renewable energy resources for economic growth and energy security enhancement. The Renewables MENA status report will be launched in the spring of 2013 and aims to capture the full range of renewable energy activities in the region and showcase the information to stakeholders in the region as well as to local and global investors, de velopers and project promoters, to thereby further accelerate the deployment of renewable energy. It is produced in cooperation with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Energie (OME), the League of Arab States the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

ADIREC 2013 sees consensus on the doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030

Held this year as a centerpiece of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), hosted by the World Future Energy Summit from 15-17 January 2013, addressed the goal of advancing renewable energy making it the largest gathering on sustainability in the history of the Middle East.After three days of discussions involving government delegations, industry leaders, international organization and civil society, ministers from over 160 countries called for a doubling of the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030 in the Declaration of the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference and further applauded the leading role of the UAE and Middle East. During ADIREC, REN21 also hosted a networking area where delegates met with the REN21 multi-stakeholder community, exchanged with other ADIREC participants, and interacted with REN21 products including the Renewable Interactive MAP, reegle, REN21+, the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report and the new REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report.  In addition, a series of high-profile side events to ADIREC were organized by the German Government, IRENA, IEA, CREIA, WWF, ACORE, CEC and EWS. The side events enjoyed full attendance outside the main ministerial sessions over the course of the three days and successfully highlighted the diverse activities of the organisations in promoting the deployment of renewable energy.

Participate in the review process of the full chapters of the SE4All Global Tracking Report

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Steering Group is now making drafts of the full chapters of the Global Tracking Framework available for review and welcomes all comments and suggestions throughout the period of 6 – 20 February 2013. The review process is being carried out with the help of an innovative peer review tool available onREN21+. The SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework will define the appropriate methodologies for measuring the extent of access to modern energy services, the global share of renewable energy, and the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. Based on this methodology, it will analyze global trends towards achieving these objectives and establish the starting point against which future progress will be measured. It will also highlight successful experiences and opportunities for high action at the country level and assess the scale of the global challenge in meeting each of these objectives.

Modernization of the REN21 website

The REN21 Website was re-launched in December 2012 in a new look as to extend its user comfort and further expand its reach. Acting as a main focal point for those interested in the activities of REN21 and its network member s, the REN21 website saw considerable growth in viewing numbers and currently attracts several hundred thousand unique visitors annually. Next to providing an overview of the network structure, featured articles and events, the website provides access to all of REN21’s flagship products (via download and links). REN21 aims at further increasing the amount of featured articles in the REN21 Network news section to more extensively contribute to latest debates in the energy sector and highlight knowledge & information from its own products as well as the one from network partners.  This will be achieved by regular periodic outreach activities with REN21 network members and the increasing of cross-linking between member websites.

REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2014 Review Round I

The first draft of the REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report is now available for review. Join the growing community of GSR contributors and reviewers by providing inputs on the advancements made in 2013 in the fields of Renewable Energy Policy and Distributed Renewable Energy in Developing Countries. Please note, all review comments must be made online via REN21+ before January 26.

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