2020 REN21 Academy: Out of Silos and Into Disruptive Discussions

Renewables Now! From Evolution to Revolution

The 2020 REN21 Academy was a 3-day immersive virtual lab, creating an informal collaborative space where we explored strategies to make the structural shift to a renewables-based energy system. Just as we have done at our in-person REN21 Academy, we are moving out of our silos and into disruptive, enriching discussions.

The REN21 Academy was an opportunity for bringing together the renewable energy community, both old and new players and seize this critical time for change. Both climate emergency and COVID pandemic has shown that the time for a renewable energy revolution is now. 

Knowledge Library & Outcomes

For the REN21 Academy, a Knowledge Library has been developed which includes the PPT presentations from the Academy as well as a series of short videos on energy and cross-cutting topics. Please visit the Knowledge Library to access these resources.


Young Professionals Day:
Sunday 22 November 2020

Click here to download all the caricature drawings of the Young Professionals Day. Learn more about YPD by reading our article about the event.

Academy Day 1:
Monday 23 November 2020

Read the Day 1: Daily Recap Email that attendees received.

Academy Day 2:
Tuesday 24 November 2020

Read the Day2: Daily Recap Email that attendees received.

Academy Day 3:
Wednesday 25 November 2020

Read the Day 3: Daily Recap Email that attendees received.

Download all of the caricature drawings of the plenaries

Would you like to download one image at a time? We created a special document with links to download each individual graphic.


Download the closing presentation of the Academy. The presentations of the different sessions, including the ‘Timezone in Focus’ events are available in the Knowledge Library.


Here are some of the promotional videos from the Academy. To view videos with content and inspiration for change leadership, please visit the Knowledge Library.


What is different this year?

As the COVID-19 pandemic posses a challenge to face-to-face events, this year we have taken the REN21 Academy virtually. However, this will not be your standard series of webinars. The 2020 edition of the Academy is an immersive, collaborative online space for peer-to-peer learning, debating and catalysing strategic action. While the event includes several plenary sessions, we’ve built in moments for the community to network across regions and sectors and to work collaboratively to develop practical solutions.

Concretely, what is planned?

All event details, lists of speakers, etc. have been shared with the event invitees by email. Here is a global overview of what the 2020 REN21 Academy will consist of:


During four plenary sessions, held over the three-days, we will explore the leadership that is required to navigate change is driving a structural shift to renewables.

Timezone in Focus

Side events to allow people from specific regions to collaborate on issues affecting the region. Expert panellists will give brief presentations to inspire the content of the small-group brainstorming discussions.


Interactive workshop sessions taking place in three building blocks, which will run in parallel:

  • Policy: Making Renewable Energy a Political Priority
  • Markets: Renewables Everywhere – Bridging Demand and Supply
  • Society: Building Societal Support for Renewables

Over the three days, participants will reveal challenges and opportunities, build concrete solutions and develop their own action agenda to realise the energy revolution.


Several social gatherings, a fun quiz game, and time to meet the Young Professionals are all planned events to enable informal discussion and develop connection between attendees.


What is Young Professionals Day?

In 2020, the Academy launched a new initiative, bringing together young people to collaborate on real-world energy challenges. This year the event drew over 400 applications, and 100 young people were invited to participate in the event. Click here to learn more about the results of this innovative event.

Thank you to our sponsor!

The REN21 Academy 2020 is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. 

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