REN21 is an international policy network of passionate players dedicated to building a sustainable renewable energy future. This means…

…having a clear vision: REN21 stands for a renewables-based energy system that includes all renewable energy technologies and serves all energy end-use sectors.

…making the right decisions: REN21 provides high-quality, up-to-date information to shape the energy debate.

…telling a compelling story: REN21 consolidates information about what is happening across the energy landscape to show that the global transition to renewables can happen.

…inspiring and mobilising people: REN21 builds on a worldwide community of players from governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, industry, science and academia.

…moving beyond the familiar: REN21 makes renewable energy relevant to decision makers outside the energy world, by developing an understanding of relevant concerns in these sectors.

Making the invisible visible.

REN21 changes the way we think about renewable energy.

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, this report is the industry standard for the status of renewables for a given year. The GSR’s robust process for collecting data and information makes it the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends.


Renewable in Cities – Global Status Report (REC-GSR)

The cities report is the first comprehensive resource to map out the current trends and renewable energy developments in cities. It uses the same rigorous standards found in the Renewables Global Status Report series.


Regional Reports

These reports detail renewable energy developments in a region, improving data and knowledge and, in turn, informing decision making and changing perceptions.


Global Futures Report (GFR)

This series captures the current thinking about a sustainable energy future. Each report presents the collective and contemporary thinking of many experts.


Thematic Reports

Each report covers, in detail, a specific topic where a knowledge gap exists.



Renewables Academy

A biennial event developed by, and for, the REN21 community, where members meet and discuss how to spur the renewable energy transition. The REN21 Academy’s structure reflects REN21’s collaborative and transparent culture.


International Renewable Energy Conferences (IREC)

A high-level political event where government, private sector and civil society meet to build collective know-how to advance renewables at the international, national and sub-national levels. The IREC is hosted by a national government and is held biennially.

REN21 Community

REN21 is an international policy network of experts from governments, inter-governmental organisations, industry associations, NGOs, 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 to, among other activities, produce its annual flagship publication, the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR), making the report process a truly collaborative effort.




  • Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA)
  • Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
  • American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
  • Associação Portuguesa de EnergiasRenováveis (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 Africa (RES4Africa)
  • World Bioenergy Association (WBA)
  • World Wind Energy Association (WWEA)

Inter-Governmental ORGANISATIONS

  • Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • 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)
  • Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
  • 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)


  • Association Africaine pour l'Electrification Rurale (Club-ER)
  • Climate Action Network International (CAN-I)
  • Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
  • Energy Cities
  • Fundación Energías Renovables (FER)
  • Global 100% Renewable Energy
  • Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA)
  • Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE)
  • Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET)
  • Greenpeace International
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia
  • Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)
  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
  • Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement (JVE)
  • Mali Folkecenter (MFC)
  • Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
  • Power for All
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
  • Renewable Energy Institute (REI)
  • Solar Cookers International (SCI)
  • 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
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America


  • AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC)
  • 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