Renewables Global Status Report

Renewables 2018 Global Status Report

Transformation is picking up speed in the power sector, but urgent action is required in heating, cooling and transport

This year’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report GSR reveals two realities: one in which a revolution in the power sector is driving rapid change towards a renewable energy future, and another in which the overall transition is not advancing with the speed needed.

Read the Highlights 2018 document to understand the broad trends that defined the renewables sector in 2018. For specific market, investment and policy developments, check out the microsite or down load the full report.

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REN21 Webinars

 

The Global Renewables Energy Transformation: What is holding us back? 

June 5, 2018

07:00 PST / 10:00 EST / 16:00 CEST

Renewables uptake continues to increase rapidly, but that uptake is not happening fast enough to limit energy-related CO2 emissions or to meet the UN’s Sustainable Developmental Goal 7. This is largely due to sectoral and regional imbalances, along with increasing energy demand.

The webinar will begin with an overview of REN21’s newly released Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. It will then look into the “two realities” of the renewable energy transformation: 1) dynamic renewable power industry, driving rapid uptake, and 2) what is holding the overall energy transformation back. The presentation will end with possible measures needed to accelerate the transformation to a renewable energy future.

After the presentation, the speaker will be available to answer questions from the audience.

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 2018 Global Status Report (GSR).

SPEAKERS:
  • Rana Adib, Executive Secretary, REN21.

Contact: rana.adib@ren21.net

cc: laura.williamson@ren21.net

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From a Renewable Electricity Transformation to a Renewable Energy System Transformation: Renewables in heating, cooling and transport

June 21, 2018

7:00 EST / 16:00 CEST

The renewable power sector is dynamic and undergoing rapid changes – with falling costs, record installations, increasing investment, and several new, innovative business models.

But these positive developments tell only part of the story. The global energy transition is only fully underway for the power sector; for other sectors it has barely begun. The power sector on its own will not deliver the emissions reductions demanded by the Paris climate agreement or the aspirations of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7).The heating and cooling and transport sectors, which together account for about 80% of global total final energy demand, are lagging behind.

The webinar will begin with the key findings from REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. It will then dive into the status of renewables in the heating, cooling and transport sectors and what is needed to speed the uptake of renewables to meet climate objectives and the SDGs.

There will be ample time to ask questions after the presentations,

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 2018 Global Status Report (GSR).

SPEAKERS:
  • Hannah E. Murdock, Project Manager & Analyst, REN21
  • Ute Collier – Senior Programme Lead, Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency
  • Holger Dalkmann – Interim Secretary General, SLoCaT Partnership

Details and registration 

Getting Investment Where It’s Needed: How do we level the playing field? 

June 26, 2018

7:00 EST / 13:00 CEST / 16:30 IST

Investments in renewable energy, while higher than in earlier years, were not on the scale necessary to meet the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. Regionally concentrated and inadequate to achieve universal energy access: investment needs to increase in the sectors and regions that need it the most. Simply put, the global renewable energy transition is progressing far too slowly.

The webinar will begin with the key findings from REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report. It will then delve into the varying investment levels across regions and its impact on access, specifically across developing countries, Africa and India.

There will be ample time to ask questions after the presentations.

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 2018 Global Status Report (GSR).

SPEAKERS:

  • Laura E. Williamson, Outreach & Communication Manager, REN21
  • Kanika Chawla, Senior Programme Lead, CEEW
  • Dr. Christine Grüning, Senior Project Manager/Policy Expert, Frankfurt School – UNEP Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance
  • Aaron Leopold, CEO, AfricAMDA

Details and registration 

 

Previous Editions of the Report

Renewables 2016 Global Status Report : Archive

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Renewables 2014 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2012 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2010 Global Status Report

Renewables 2007 Global Status Report

Renewables 2017 Global Status Report : Archive

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Renewables 2015 Global Status Report : Archive

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Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2011 Global Status Report

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Renewables 2009 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 2017, is available here.

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