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 represented only 0.5% or USD 0.9 billion of global renewable energy investment in 2014. Attracting investment represents a major challenge in these countries, despite numerous support schemes and policies for renewable energy.
These are some of the main findings of the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report, produced for the first time by the UNECE and the Renewable energy Policy Network for the 21st century (REN21), in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA).
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The report provides a comprehensive overview of the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets, industry, policy and regulatory frameworks, and investment activities. The report draws on information from national and regional sources to present the most up-to-date summary of sustainable energy in: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
As with other REN21 reports, it is for policymakers, industry, investors and civil society to make informed decisions with regards to the diffusion of renewable energy. By design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.
The UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report, has been launched on Monday, 7th Dec 2015, during COP 21 in Paris, France.
This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) – the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag.