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REN21 UNECE Status Report 2017 launched

Despite comprising over 300 million inhabitants and representing 4.9% of the world’s GDP, 17 UNECE countries in South and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia had only 0.2% or USD 0.4 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2015.   Attracting investment is a major challenge in these countries, despite numerous support schemes and policies for renewable energy. This report provides a comprehensive overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, industry, policy and regulatory frameworks, and investment activities. It covers Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.   We would like to thank in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany (BMWi) which supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.   The report was launched 12 June, 2017 at Ministerial Conference and the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana/Kazakhstan.   The report is available here.

GSR2017 Now Available

This year’s edition reveals a global energy transition well underway with record new additions on installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions for the third year running.     But despite these positive trends the pace of the transition is not on track to achieve the goals established in the Paris Agreement.  Read about the evolution of renewables over the course of 2016 here.

Check out the new GSR microsite!

The new microsite allows you to read the full GSR2017 on-line.  References are now easily accessible – hover your mouse over a reference and see all the sources, including hyperlinks.   The infographics are incorporated throughout the text and a simple navigation structure allows you to jump easily from chapter to chapter.   The new GOOGLE translate function means that you can read the report in your native language.   GSR Microsite.

Internship Opportunities Available

REN21 is seeking two dynamic individuals who are interested in gaining experience in the renewable energy sector. The internships are for six months and remunerated.   Community Management/Research Internship, application deadline: Wednesday, 21 June 2017. Start date August 21st 2017. Social Media/Data Intern Vacancy, application deadline: Sunday, 18 June 2017. Start date September 4th 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” or “REN21 Community Management/Research Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   Good luck!

Don’t miss us at CEM-8!

June 7:  REN21 will launch its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report  at CEM-8.   Join us to hear how a global energy transition is well under way, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, particularly for solar PV and wind power, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the third year running.   The event is part of CEM-8 side events.   Details are as follows:   Status Quo and Challenges for the Energy Transition:  Global renewable energy development and the role of renewables in China’s energy system. 7 June: 13:30 – 16:00   Check the CEM programme for final room location

Join us on Thunderclap!

The Renewables 2017 Global Status Report is ready and we want to get the word out!   The global energy transition is well under way, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the third year running. But there’s no time to waste – we need to go further, faster to reach the climate goals. We therefore need your help!   Can you spread the word about the latest renewable energy developments on June 7? We will be releasing the Renewables 2017 Global Status Report at the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial.   To make is easy, we have set up a Thunderclap campaign. It’s completely safe and will automatically post exactly ONE tweet on your behalf on 7 June.   The tweet is:   #RE are unstoppable w/2016 records! Now further faster to reach climate goals ren21.net/gsr #GSR2017 #CEM8    It takes 5 seconds to join:  Simply click here http://thndr.me/2i3CkH and follow the instructions.  That’s it!    

Renewables Rising: What is driving uptake?

  WEBINAR: Join us 7June as REN21 launches its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report.  9:00 EST / 15:00 CEST   The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), is hosting a no-cost webinar on the launch of REN21’s flagship report, Renewables 2017 Global Status Report. Find out how the renewable energy market evolved over 2016 and what policy developments drove uptake.   The webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, followed by a specific look at 2016 developments in China. Globally, China maintains its lead for new installations in solar photovoltaics and wind despite a significant decline in the country’s annual market. Hear about what this means for renewables in China, the opportunities and challenges and its significance for the sector as a whole.   Speakers: Ms. Christine Lins — Executive Secretary, REN21 Mr. Li Junfeng — Director General of China’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC)   The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.   Check your local time Register now Get more information   About the GSR REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR), first released in 2005, provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. The report is a truly collaborative effort of authors, REN21 Secretariat staff and Steering Committee members, regional research partners, and includes the input of over 800 individual contributors and...

Promoting Women in Sustainable Energy Sector

As part of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum, REN21 and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organised a side event to discuss and strengthen the role of women in the transition towards a sustainable energy system.   Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, pointed out that “there is a gender gap in the global renewable energy workforce. The under-representation of women in sustainable energy is part of a bigger problem of the under-representation of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   At a reception that followed the event, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) was launched. The network aims to empower women who work in sustainable energy in developed, emerging and developing countries through mentoring, coaching, advocacy and technical cooperation.”   For more information on gender mainstreaming at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017, click here.      

REN21 Executive Secretary Featured in GineersNow

REN21 Executive Secretary Christine Lins is featured as one of three leaders in shaping the global renewable energy landscape in the inaugural issue of GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders, The highlighted leaders have been identified because of their efforts in campaigning for safer and cleaner energy alternatives. In their pursuit to educate and inform people of the dangers of global warming, GineersNow asked REN21 and experts from EKOenergy and the World Wind Energy Association to discuss the importance of pushing the world to become 100% renewable. Find out how 2016 became a huge year for the renewable energy sector, which countries have made huge efforts to use sustainable energy and the latest technology shaping our future.  Read about all this here.      

Latin America: Zero net GHG power sector

On 20th April from 12:00 – 13:30, a discussion on: “The prospects of a Zero Net GHG Power Sector in Latin America,” will be held in the Large Conference Room at World Resources Institute, Suite 800, 10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20009.   A presentation on the topic by Walter Vergara, Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, will be followed by a distinguished panel including Gabriela Elizondo (Senior Energy Specialist at the Latin American Department of the World Bank); Alexander Ochs (Director of Climate and Energy, Worldwatch Institute and Founder and Managing Director, SD Strategies) and Guy Edwards (Co-Director of the Climate and Development Lab, Brown University). Opening remarks will be provided by Laura Williamson (Communication and Outreach Manager, REN21) and Jennifer Layke, Global Director Energy, World Resources Institute.  The presentation and the panel discussion will be webcasted.   Current power generation in Latin America is estimated at about 6.0 EJ (1.7 PWh), which represents close to a 60% increase since 2000 (Enerdata, 2016). Over half of the power today is generated using hydropower and to a much lesser extent other renewables, resulting in a relatively low GHG emission factor per MWh generated. Drivers behind this vigorous demand include an expanding population, a robust increase in GDPs across the region and associated improvements in living standards. These trends are expected to continue over the foreseeable future, requiring major investments in infrastructure even after gains in efficiency are accounted for. If power generation is decarbonized, many economic activities that depend on power...

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