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IRENA is looking for its next Director-General

REN21 member IRENA has started the search process for its next Director-General, and is inviting applicants for the position. The deadline for submissions is on 6 June 2018.   More information can be found in the Vacancy Announcement. Qualified candidates may submit their application through the online application form.

REN21 Welcomes New Executive Secretary Rana Adib

Rana Adib was officially appointed as REN21’s Executive Secretary, following on its Steering Committee meeting in Berlin this April.   Rana has previously been REN21’s Research Coordinator, developing the global expert community and leading the the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report series to become an international reference in the renewable energy field.   Rana has over 20 years of experience in developing  and implementing thematically innovative and cross-cutting projects in energy and climate-related fields. We look forward to bridging and building the energy future together.  Welcome Rana!

REN21 Contributes to SDG 7 Policy Briefs

REN21 and 49 other stakeholder organisations worked to prepare 27 SDG 7 Policy Briefs. Collectively the briefs cover four main topics:   1. Advancing SDG 7 implementation 2. Strengthening interlinkages between SDG 7 and other SDGs 3. Addressing regional priorities 4. Accelerating transformation towards sustainable, inclusive and equitable energy future   The stakeholder approach was used to draw on cross-sectional interlinkages, maximise synergies and minimise duplication.   REN21 contributed to the Policy Brief #3: Substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. This brief emphasises the lag of renewable energy use in heating and cooling and transport sectors. It also highlights that efforts in end-use sector needs to be strengthened.   The work was carried out under the guidance of the multi-stakeholder SDG 7 Technical Advisory Group convened by UN DESA.  These briefs are in preparation for the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development  which will be held  9-18 July, 2018 in New York.   You can access the Policy Briefs here.

Time of Transition: Joint report to drive RE uptake

Policy frameworks need to take a systems approach with more fully integrated policies across sectors if we are serious about achieving the energy transition. To do this:   measures are needed to support the integration of variable renewable energy policies need to be more comprehensive than those devised for the energy sector alone These are two key conclusions from this latest report on Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition   Renewables have experienced a remarkable evolution over the past decade now forming the cutting edge –with energy efficiency– of a global energy transition. The growth in the deployment of renewable energy technologies now outpaces that of any other energy source.   But progress has not been homogenous. Uneven uptake, barriers ranging from technology and financial risks, and integration challenges in markets with high shares of renewables persist.   This new joint publication of REN21, the IEA and IRENA outlines the options available to policy makers to support the development of renewables.  An updated policy classification and terminology provides a global reference for policy instruments.  The final chapter, “The Way Forward” proposes a holistic approach for policy making. Download the publication here.

Meet REN21 at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

17-18 April REN21 will be in Berlin at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, taking part of the discussion on the global energy transition along with energy stakeholders from across the world. Make sure to pass by our stand to have a chat and get to know more about our team, work and publications! The conference will take place at the Federal Foreign Office – Unterwasserstaße 10, Berlin, Germany.

Carbon Impact Selected to Author SADC Report

Carbon Impact has been selected to author the 2018 SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report.  This work is being carried out in partnership with the newly formed SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE).   The report document existing data on renewable energy and energy efficiency and present case studies based on  recent developments at the national or sub-regional level.   The report will build on the 2015 report produced by REN21 and the SADC Secretariat.  It will be developed over the course of 2018.   If you would like to contribute to this report, please contact us at: secretariat@ren21.net, putting SADC REPORT in the subject line

Read our 2017 Annual Report

REN21’s 2017 Annual Report is now available online.   The report summarises REN21’s activities throughout 2017, including our latest publications, activities, and presents the organisation’s 2016 accounts as well as its focus for 2018.   The Annual Report 2017 is available here.

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