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GSR 2015 - Foreword

RENEWABLES 2015 GLOBAL STATUS REPORT 7 FOREWORD The Renewables 2015 Global Status Report marks the tenth report in the GSR series. Its evolution from a 35-page report to one that currently stands at over 250 pages reflects both the breadth and depth of renewable energy development over the past decade. Renewable energy continued to grow in 2014 in parallel with global energy consumption and falling oil prices. Despite rising energy use, global CO2 emissions associated with energy consumption remained stable over the course of the year while the global economy grew. The landmark “decoupling” of economic and CO2 growth is due in large measure to China's increased use of renewable resources, and efforts by countries in the OECD to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. This is particularly encouraging in view of COP21 later this year in Paris, where countries will announce and/or confirm actions to mitigate climate change, setting the stage for future investment in renewables and energy efficiency. It is clear that renewables are becoming a mainstreamed energy resource. However while this year’s report clearly documents advancements in the uptake of renewables, it also demonstrates that there remains untapped potential particularly in the heating and cooling and transport sectors. Nevertheless with the implementation of increasingly ambitious targets and innovative policies, renewables can continue to surpass expectations and create a clean energy future. The Renewables Global Status Report relies on a robust, dynamic, international community of renewable energy experts. It is the collective work of REN21’s contributors, researchers, and authors, which has helped make the GSR the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends. Special thanks go to the ever-growing network of over 500 contributors, including authors, researchers, and reviewers who participated in this year’s process and helped make the GSR a truly international and collaborative effort. On behalf of the REN21 Secretariat, I would also like to thank all those who have contributed to the successful production of GSR 2015. These include lead author/research director Janet L. Sawin, the section authors, GSR project manager Rana Adib, and the entire team at the REN21 Secretariat, under the leadership of REN21’s Executive Secretary Christine Lins. As 2014 demonstrated, the penetration and use of renewables are increasing as is the combination of renewables and energy efficiency. However the share of renewables in the overall energy mix is still under 20%. This needs to change if access to clean, modern renewable energy services for all to be assured by 2030. Arthouros Zervos Chairman of REN21

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