Global Status Report

Renewables 2015 Global Status Report

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The newly released Renewables 2015 Global Status Report is now available. Find out what made 2014 another record year for renewables.

First released in 2005, REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions. The Renewables Global Status Report relies on up-to-date renewable energy data, provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors.

Check out REN21’s Renewables Interactive Map for country specific data underlying the various trends highlighted in the GSR.

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REN21 Webinars

REN21 and the NREL Clean Energy Solutions Center are pleased to announce a series of webinars based on REN21’s newly released Renewables 2015 Global Status Report.  Join us to find out what made 2014 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 2014 marks where, for the first time, we managed to decouple CO2 emissions from economic growth. Each webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2015 Global Status Report and will then look at a specific area within the renewable energy sphere. Sign up and join us as we explore the world of renewables around the globe!

Distributed Renewable Energy – spotlight on sub-Saharan Africa

As REN21’s 2015 report shows, with a total installed capacity of roughly 147 GW, all of Africa has less power generation capacity than Germany. Access to clean cooking continues to fall behind population leading to negligible progress overall and a regression in some regions. We will discuss the current status of distributed renewables in the region and what can be done to increase uptake. For further information visit the CESC webinar page.

Energy Efficiency and Demand-side Management – spotlight on North America and Europe

Energy efficiency and demand-side management are key for meeting the SE4ALL objectives as well as achieving 100% renewables. In 2014 North America and Europe experienced a 1.7% drop and a 1.5% drop in energy intensity respectively, demonstrating the untapped energy efficiency potential.  Hear about new developments to improve energy efficiency in the sector as well as the challenges the sector faces. For further information visit the CESC webinar page.

Renewable Energy Integration – spotlight Europe and North America

In this webinar we will look at the status of integration of increasing shares of renewables specifically in Europe and America. With the estimated renewable energy share of global electricity production standing at 22.8% utilities are grappling with how best to bring large shares of renewables online.  Hear about what has happened to date and where future challenges and opportunities lie. For further information visit the CESC webinar page.

Data Collection – global spotlight

Come and hear about the process and issues related to global data collection.  Timely, accurate, and accessible data on renewable energy are essential and often difficult to collect.  Improved quality and accessibility of data is an important prerequisite and foundation for sound decision making across all sectors and regions.  This webinar will also discuss possible solutions to improving the data process. For further information visit the CESC webinar page.

Previous Editions of the Report

Renewables 2014 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2012 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2011 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2010 Global Status Report

Renewables 2009 Global Status Report

Renewables 2007 Global Status Report

Renewables 2006 Global Status Report

Renewables 2005 Global Status Report

The Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) is a sister publication to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment Report (GTR) produced by Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. The most recent edition of the report, launched in 2015, is available here.