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REN21 Annual Report 2016

REN21’s 2016 Annual Report is now available online. The report summarises REN21’s activities throughout 2016, including our latest publications, activities, and 2015 accounts.  The report also outlines what REN21 will do in 2017, including the co-hosting of MEXIREC in Mexico City, 11-13 September, 2017.  Mark your calendars!   REN21 Annual Report 2016 is available here.

IREC 2017 to be held in Mexico

The Government of Mexico has teamed up with REN21 – the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century – to organise the next International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in Mexico from 11-13 September 2017, within the framework of the Strategic Dialogues on the Future of Energy.   Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IREC is a high-level political conference series hosted by a national government every two years and convened by REN21. Each IREC acts as a common platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy and has provided the impetuses for several momentous initiatives over the past decade. IREC 2017 in Mexico will continue to build upon the successes and outcomes of the previous conferences held in South Africa (2015), Abu Dhabi (2013), Delhi (2010), Washington D.C (2008), Beijing (2005) and Bonn (2004).   Click here to read the full press release.   For more information about the IREC process and previous conferences, click here.

Internship Opportunities Available

REN21 is seeking a dynamic individual who is interested in gaining experience in the renewable energy sector in Spring 2017. The internship is for six months and remunerated. The start date is March 1st, 2017.   Data/Social Media Intern Vacancy, application deadline: Sunday, 8 January 2017   To apply, send a CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability and interest in the position to secretariat@ren21.net.   Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   Good luck!

Renewables 2016 Global Status Report Now Available in Korean

Full report of REN21’s latest Renewables 2016 Global Status Report is now available in Korean. You can access the full report here.   Translation of the report was done by Green Energy Strategy Institute (GESI).

Biofuture Platform: New 20-country coalition set to promote advanced fuels for the climate

Biofuture Platform, a coalition of 20 leading countries in the clean energy and the bioeconomy fields was launched 16 November 2016 at COP22, Marrakech. The coalition of governments aim to accelerate development and scale-up the deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, industrial processes, chemicals, plastics and other sectors.   The Biofuture Platform follows-up on the commitments established by Rio+20, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The initiative ́s ultimate goals will be to help in the global fight against climate change, nurturing solutions that can aid countries in reaching their Nationally Determined Contribution targets (NDCs), as well as to contribute towards the SDGs.   The list of participating countries to date includes Argentina, Brazil, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, India, Italy, Morocco, Paraguay, Sweden, the United States of America and Uruguay. A number of international organisations, such as IRENA, UNCTAD, IEA, FAO, and SE4ALL, as well as private sector associations and initiatives such as the WBCSD, ABBI, UNICA, and below50, are supporting this initiative.   Press release of Biofuture Platform is available to download here.

Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) just released

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Islamic Development Bank Group (IDBG), will present key developments in the Arab region’s transition towards a sustainable energy pathway. The event will take place Thursday, 17 November 2016 (13:30-14:30), in IDBG Pavilion, Green Zone. The presentation will be based on the recently released 2016 edition of the Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX) Renewable Energy developed by RCREEE with support of UNDP Arab Climate Resilience Initiative. AFEX RE 2016 assesses the sustainable energy investment climate in 20 countries of the Arab region and is a key analytical benchmarking tool for gauging progress on national energy goals. It provides a practical analytical tool that is expected to play a critical role tracking progress on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy and the climate mitigation goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. Detailed info and agenda of the event can be found here.

Just Released: Regional report on East African Community

EAC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report The East African Community (EAC) is the second largest single regional market in Africa and economically one of the fastest growing regions in sub-Saharan Africa.  The report reveals that the off-grid market is firmly established in the region and that the mini/micro-grid sector is also attracting significant investment.   While growth trends in the renewable energy and energy efficiency markets are generally positive, the report highlights several challenges that remain to be addressed if the region governments are to ensure energy security and meet energy access needs.   More information is available here.

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