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Global 100% RE Launches Platform!

The Executive Committee of Global 100% RE has recently announced the launch event of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform, taking place at Gustav-Stresemann-Institute in Bonn, Germany, on 8 May 2017.   Over the course of the last couple of years the Global 100% RE Campaign has succeeded in creating a global movement for 100% Renewable Energy focusing on inclusive bottom-up processes and uniting very big, worldwide networks in the field. After years of functioning successfully as a network, the campaign will become a legal entity in the form of The Global 100% RE Platform. This will be a pivotal moment for accelerating the campaign’s outreach and operability, as well as demonstrating our commitment to making Global 100% RE a reality. In addition to the official ceremony, participating organizations will present actual solutions and strategies for achieving Global 100% RE.   The event will feature video contributions by some of the world’s leading renewable energy advocates: – Bill McKibben, Co-founder of – Michael Brune, Executive Director of Sierra Club – Naoto Kan, former Prime Minister of Japan – Dipal C. Barua, Founder of Grameen Shakti – David Suzuki, Journalist   Leading international experts in the field will provide the basis for a fruitful discussion. A detailed programme will be available on the Global 100% RE Platform website.

REN21 now a Friend of the OECD Forum!

REN21 is proud to announce that it is now a Friend of the OECD Forum. We are at a time when populism, nationalism, historically low levels of trust and a rapid races in technological development are common divides around the world. As a result, disruptive impacts on our societies and economies are beginning to show.   On 6-7 June 2017, OECD will work to bridge divides by focusing on 3 cross-cutting themes:   Inclusive Growth Digitalisation Trust In doing so, the OECD will highlight the importance of continuing focus on developing more integrated, and inclusive economies and societies. To find out more, please go to the OECD Forum website.

Renewables Global Futures Report 2017 now Available!

REN21 has released its latest report on the feasibility and challenges of achieving a 100% renewable energy future. Renewables Global Futures Report: Great debates towards 100% Renewable Energy, analyses the views of 114 renowned energy experts from every region of the world, interviewed over the course of 2016. The results are clustered as “12 Great Debates”:   100% Renewables: A logical consequence of the Paris Agreement? Global Energy Demand Development: Efficiency on a global level? Renewable Power Generation: The winner takes all? The Future of Heating: Thermal or electrical applications? Renewables for Transport: Electrification versus biofuels? Interconnection of Sectors: System thinking required Storage: Supporter or competitor of the power grid? Technology versus Costs: Which should come first? Scaling-up Investments and Work Force: 100% renewables for socio-economic change Utilities of the Future: What will they look like? Mega Cites: Mega possibilities Energy Access Enabled Through Renewables: How to speed up connections?   To download the full report, infographics and press release head to the Renewables Global Futures Report page.

Read REN21’s Latest Newsletter

REN21’s March newsletter is now available for reading. It contains news from the REN21 Secretariat, its members as well as upcoming events. Of interest is the release of REN21’s new Renewables Global Futures Report and the hosting of the 2017 IREC by Mexico. This month’s newsletter contains various articles from our member organisations including ISES, Global 100%RE, ARE, GIZ, The 1 Gigaton CoalitionThe Global Alliance for Clean Cookstove and many more. You can read the newsletter here. If you don’t have a subscription to our newsletter, subscribe now to have the next newsletter sent to you directly.

Call for Conference Abstracts (Solar) Now Open

REN21’s member, International Solar Energy Society (ISES) will hold its annual Solar World Congress (SWC) 2017 29 October – 2 November 2017 at the Jumeirah Hotel, Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry 2017 Solar Energy conference will be held alongside SWC2017 and is organised by the International Energy Agency (IEA).   Both events are calling for conference abstracts. The deadline for abstracts is 24 March, 2017. For more information about how to file a conference abstract visit the SWC2017 and SHC2017 websites.    

New Global Solar Atlas Tool

The World Bank and International Solar Alliance (ISA) launched Global Solar Atlas at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, January 2017.   This web-based tool allows users to quickly identify potential solar power generation anywhere in the world. This tool is targeted for investors and policymakers to be able to understand —from a quick glance—  the solar power generation potential of a particular region. Users can zoom in to 1 km spatial resolution.  The application can generate a short report about the potential generation power of different types of PV systems, allowing governments or private companies to carry out preliminary research on a potential site for PV plant.  The Atlas can also be used for educational purposes.   The Atlas is comprised of 22 years of satellite measurement data which has been validated using high quality ground-based measurement data.  The result is high-precision data.   Data are still lacking for many developing countries due to lack of ground-based measurement data from high precision solar radiation sensors. The World Bank intends to install solar measurement stations in at least 20 developing countries over the next four years to begin addressing this issue.   Global Solar Atlas is available for public now and completely free. This can be accessed from platform or directly go to

Read REN21’s latest Newsletter

REN21’s December newsletter is now available for reading. It contains news from the secretariat, its members as  well as upcoming events. Of interest is the hosting of the 2017 IREC by Mexico and the released of REN21’s Annual Report 2016.   This month’s newsletter network news is from GIZ, Global Leap, RCREEE, GWEC, ALER, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, WBA, ISGAN, WWEC, IGA, UNDP, ECOWAS, and IIASA.   The newsletter can be read here .  Or you can subscribe now to have the next newsletter sent to you directly via email.

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   Please mention “REN21 Data/Social Media Internship” in the e-mail header. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.   Good luck!

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