Who we are



Made up of a worldwide community of players from governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, industry, science and academia, REN21 is a global network providing high-quality, up-to-date information to shape the energy debate.

REN21 is driven by a deep commitment to a sustainable energy future. Building on knowledge and data, REN21 changes the way we think about renewables, informing decision making and shaping the future.

REN21 was created in 2004 as an outcome of the Bonn2004 International Conference on Renewable Energy. This “coalition of the willing” came together with one objective in mind: to support and accelerate the development of renewable energy.

From the outset, REN21’s mandate has been to collect, consolidate and synthesise a vast body of renewable energy data to provide clear and reliable information on what is happening in real-time.

This mandate still holds today.

How has REN21 evolved since 2004?


REN21 Members convene every three years to review the proposed upcoming, three-year work plan and to elect a REN21 Steering Committee.  This Steering Committee represents the REN21 community, providing strategic direction to REN21’s work programme.


This is the main governing entity of REN21. Fifty representatives are voted in from among REN21’s members. Collectively, the Steering Committee reflects the various organisational and geographical backgrounds as well as the values of the larger network. Steering Committee members serve a three-year cycle.

Steering Committee members for 2019-2021 are:


The Bureau is made up of the REN21 Chair and Executive Secretary, and seven Steering Committee members. The Bureau is the executive body of REN21 – with members making the operational decisions. Bureau members serve a two-year cycle.

Bureau members for 2017-2019 are:


A small team of committed individuals that supports and develops the REN21 network. Meet the team!