Who we are



REN21 is the only global community of renewable energy actors from science, academia, governments, NGOs and industry. We provide up-to-date facts, figures and peer-reviewed analysis of global developments in technology, politics and markets to decision-makers. Our goal: encourage and enable these decision-makers to make the transition to renewable energy happen – now.

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!