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New! UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report in Revolve magazine

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 0.5% or USD 0.9 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2014. Attracting investment is a major challenge in these countries, despite numerous support schemes and policies for renewable energy.   An article about the UNECE Renewable Status Report was featured in the Revolve magazine on page 10.Read the article here.  

GSR 2016 Webinar Series – Hosted with Clean Energy Solutions Center

Join us to find out what made 2016 another record year for renewables. Learn about how increased additions of solar PV and wind in the electricity sector have driven other energy sectors and how 2015 marks where, for the first time, investment by developing countries surpassed that of industrialised countries.   1.Domination of Renewables     2.Community Renewable Energy: Citizens involvement in the energy transition   3.Renewables Rising:  The role of grid integration   4.Global View on Solar Heating and Cooling: Market, Industry and Policy   5.Off-Grid Renewables: Energy Access and  Market Opportunity   6.The Global Status of Renewable Energy Domination of Renewables June 1, 2016 16:00 CEST / 10:00 EDT / 22:00 CST   Learn about how increased additions of PV and wind in the electricity sector have driven other energy sectors.  Discover how the energy and power markets are increasingly affected by renewable energy uptake.  Hear how investment in developing countries surpassed that of industrialised countries for the first time. A special section will look at the evolution of renewables in the North American context.  There will be plenty of time for questions.   Speakers:  Christine Lins – Executive Secretary, REN21 Gregory Wetstone – President & CEO, American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)   Register here. The webinar recording is now available here. Community Renewable Energy: Citizens involvement in the energy transition  June 16, 2016 9:00 CEST  / 3:00 EDT / 15:00 CST   This webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2016 Global...

REN21 member RCREEE co-organising 3rd Arab Forum on RE and EE June’16

The 3rd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency” will be  held on 1 -2 June 2016 at Intercontinental city stars. After successfully holding the forum in 2012 and 2014, The League of Arab States (LAS) in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA),the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), The EU-funded project Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean (MED-ENEC), the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy- Egypt, The German Development Cooperation (GIZ),  Egyptera and the Arab Electricity Regulators are jointly organizing the 3rd  Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.   The Forum is a high level Ministerial international/political/ technical forum held every two years under the patronage of H.E. the Secretary General of the League of Arab States. It accommodates high level governmental officials, Energy and Electricity Ministers, Heads of International and Regional Organizations, CEOs of top Business Firms and Companies in the Energy fields, and experts from the Arab region and the globe.   The Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency addresses the current challenges towards future energy market transformation and transition in the Arab region, discussing the future role and impact of RE&EE development at economic, environmental and social levels. The Forum will also highlight the current most recognized positions and strategies towards the integration of RE&EE in the future Arab Energy mix.   Please see attached the exhibition package. More details on the forum can be accessed here.

Interactive SADC Map launched!

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is one of the oldest regional economic communities on the African continent. However regional challenges persist particularly around energy access and energy security. In order to help meet the region’s energy needs and increase the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region, REN21 has produced the SADC Interactive Map.   This SADC Interactive Map and the accompanying SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, provide a comprehensive overview of renewable energy and energy efficiency policy and market developments across the 15-country region.  Using the Interactive Map, information can be selected by country, technology or policies and targets.

NEW! REN21 March 2016 Newsletter released!

The March 2016 edition of the REN21 newsletter has just been released. Sign up and join thousands of decision makers in the renewables and sustainability sphere who are following the activities of our extensive network.   This March edition includes contributions by: REN21 Secretariat , IRENA, UNEP , IHA , GWEC , ISES , ECREEE , IGA , WBA , ARE, WWEA ,World Future Council and WWF.   If you do not currently receive our newsletter, subscribe to the REN21 Newsletter today!

REN21 article looking at the impact of renewable energy technologies on global energy efficiency

REN21’s article in the latest UN Chronicle indicates that even in the presence of growing energy use, the global emissions from energy consumption has remained stable, due in large part to the increased presence of renewable energy. Behind this increased presence was a parallel increase in renewable energy targets and support policies as well as energy efficiency measures and targets.  Addressing renewable energy and energy efficiency simultaneously generates positive synergistic effects.   The article also highlights the importance of increasing sustained and determined efforts towards a global transition to renewable energy for both industrialized and developing nations.   Click here to read the full article.

Clean energy scholarship awarded to fast track women on boards

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Clean Energy Council announced the recipient of the inaugural Developing Women Directors Scholarship to AllGrid Energy Marketing and Alliance Manager Deborah Oberon.   The scholarship aims to improve the gender balance in leadership and board positions across the renewable energy sector.   “The global theme for International Women’s Day today is ‘Pledge for Parity’, and this scholarship aims to achieve that by helping women take the next step in their career by completing the Australian Institute of Directors Foundations of Directorship course,” Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton mentioned.   The Clean Energy Council thanked selection panel members Rachel Watson, Pacific Hydro General Manager, Group Services and Clean Energy Council board member, and Anna Skarbek, ClimateWorks CEO.   More information on the Clean Energy Council’s Women in Renewables initiative can be found at

2015 Highlights: REN21, Making the Connections

  REN21’s flagship product the Global Status Report continued to expand its reviewer network to over 2000 individuals. The SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report and the UNECE Renewable Energy Report were released and they provided a wealth of regional information.   The South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) held in October, brought together over 3000 delegates and spearheaded the conversation on renewables in Africa.   And coined RE-Energising the Future, REN21’s activities at COP21 demonstrated that renewable energy deployment is the fastest, cleanest and economically beneficial way to meet our climate goals.   Click here to read more highlights from 2015!

ARE-RECP Off-Grid Investment Forum April ’16

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) and the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) are co-hosting a series of events to promote decentralised renewable energy technologies and further cooperation. This two-day event will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.   Day 1: 12 April 2016 The Energy Access Investment will bring together key decision makers to discuss market conditions and key policy and financial initiatives on existing and upcoming rural electrification business opportunities. Both developing and emerging markets will be examined. Private sector, the (inter)national and European public sector representatives, financiers and investors , business players and civil society organisations are expected to participate. The day will close with a reception to celebrate ARE’s 10th anniversary.   Venue: ING Head office, Amsterdamse Poort, Bijlmerplein 888, 1102 MG Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cost : Free-entry Registration:  Complete form here.   Day 2: 13 April 2016 The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme will host the RECP Business and Finance Matchmaking Forum.   Venue: TBD Registration:  Complete form here.

Clean Energy Council – Women in Renewables

Call for applications: Improving the gender mix in clean energy boardrooms Press Release: Wednesday 27 January 2016   The Clean Energy Council is inviting applications for a new scholarship program from talented women who are interested in building their career in the renewable energy industry.   Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the organisation would fund a successful female applicant from the renewable energy sector to complete the Foundations of Directorship course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   “Men far outnumber women in all areas of the renewable energy industry, and this scholarship funding is designed to help increase female representation on the boards of companies and organisations year on year,” Mr Thornton said.   “Gender diversity is an important issue, and as the peak body for the renewable energy industry it’s important that the Clean Energy Council develops and leads initiatives such as this to maximise opportunities for professional women in our sector.   “There are no quick fixes and this is a complicated issue, but we are committed to a range of initiatives to address the imbalance.”   The Foundations of Directorship course is delivered over three full days and is available in most capital cities. The study days can be completed consecutively or separately, depending on individual preference.   The course is valued at $3500 and the successful applicant will also receive a one-year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an offer of mentorship from a Clean Energy Council Director....

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