Bridging and building the energy future

REN21 is the global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors. REN21’s goal is to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy.

REN21 brings together governments, non-governmental organisations, research and academic institutions, international organisations and industry to learn from one another and build on successes that advance renewable energy. To assist policy decision-making, REN21 provides high-quality information, catalyses discussion and debate, and supports the development of thematic networks.

REN21 facilitates the collection of comprehensive and timely information on renewable energy. This information reflects diverse viewpoints from both private and public sector actors, serving to dispel myths about renewable energy and to catalyse policy change. It does this through six product lines:


Renewables Global Status Report (GSR)

First released in 2005, REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) has grown to become a truly collaborative effort, drawing on an international network of over 900 authors, contributors and reviewers. Today it is the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends.

Regional Status Reports

These reports detail the renewable energy developments of a particular region; their pro-duction also supports regional data collection processes and informed decision making.

Global Futures Reports (GFR)

REN21 produces reports that illustrate the credible possibilities for the future of renewables within particular thematic areas.

Thematic Reports

Each report covers a specific topic related to renewable energy in detail. Examples of reports covered in this series include the Mini-grid Policy Toolkit, Renewable Energy Tenders and Community [Em]power[ment] and Renewables Energy Policies in a Time of Transition.

Renewables Academy

The REN21 Renewables Academy provides an opportunity for lively exchange among the growing community of REN21 contributors. It offers a venue to brainstorm on future-orientated policy solutions and allows participants to actively contribute on issues central to a renewable energy transition.

International Renewable Energy Conferences (IREC)

The International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) is a high-level political conference series. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, the biennial IREC is hosted by a national government and convened by REN21.

REN21 Community


REN21 is a multi-stakeholder network that is built on an international community of over 900 experts from governments, inter-governmental organisations, industry associations, non-governmental organisations, and science and academia. It grows from year to year and represents an increasing diversity of sectors. REN21 provides a platform for this wide-ranging community to exchange information and ideas, to learn from each other and to collectively build the renewable energy future.

This network enables the REN21 Secretariat, among other things, to produce its annual flagship publication, the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR). The report is a truly collaborative effort where the contributors and peer reviewers work alongside an international authoring team and the REN21 Secretariat.





  • Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
  • American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
  • Associação Portuguesa de Energias Renováveis (APREN)
  • Association for Renewable Energy of Lusophone Countries (ALER)
  • Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA)
  • Clean Energy Council (CEC)
  • European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF)
  • Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)
  • Global Solar Council (GSC)
  • Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
  • Indian Renewable Energy Federation (IREF)
  • International Geothermal Association (IGA)
  • International Hydropower Association (IHA)
  • Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean (RES4MED)
  • World Bioenergy Association (WBA)
  • World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)


  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)
  • ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE)
  • European Commission (EC)
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • World Bank (WB)


  • Climate Action Network International (CAN-I)
  • Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
  • Fundación Energías Renovables (FER)
  • Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC)
  • Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE)
  • Greenpeace International
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)
  • Mali Folkecenter (MFC)
  • Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
  • Renewable Energy Institute (REI)
  • World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)
  • World Future Council (WFC)
  • World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF)


  • Michael Eckhart
  • Mohamed El-Ashry
  • David Hales
  • Kirsty Hamilton
  • Peter Rae


  • Afghanistan
  • Brazil
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • India
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America


  • Fundación Bariloche (FB)
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • International Solar Energy Society (ISES)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI)
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)


  • Arthouros Zervos
  • National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)


  • Rana Adib REN21