Making the Connections

Eleonora Moro

Making the Connections

Good decisions require good information. REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) tracks the annual development of renewables using the most up-to-date information and data available. Its neutral, fact-based approach documents the annual developments in renewable energy markets, investment and policy. The report is a collaborative effort, drawing on an international network of more than 1,500 authors, contributors and reviewers from over 155 countries. Now in its 15th year, the GSR is the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, investment and policy trends.

Since the first edition of the GSR in 2005, REN21 has continuously expanded its reporting. To highlight regional trends, REN21 has developed Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Reports and is now including reporting on renewable energy in cities, considering the crucial involvement of cities in the energy transition and the existing data gaps.

The Renewables in Cities 2019 Global Status Report builds on the success of the Renewables Global Status Report and focuses specifically on the status of renewables in cities around the world and on the role of local action in the renewable energy transition.

Applying the same rigorous data collection and review process this new report series provides the same kind of high quality, un-biased documentation of renewable energy trends and developments for city-level actors. It looks at trends and developments of renewable energy in cities and its associated benefits, including impacts on air pollution, energy security and access, and socio-economic issues. This publication will help improve understanding of cities’ role in the energy transition, increase visibility for local action and showcase effective policies and finance mechanisms to inform decisions. To see a preview of the report and to discover some of the cities who have contributed to this work, download our Preliminary Findings and check out the City Showcase. The full publication will be available in autumn 2019.

To learn more about REN21’s publications and collaborative culture, check out the Global Status Report, the Regional Status Reports,  the Global Futures Report, and the Thematic Reports.

How to get involved

Contribute to data collection and peer review: Do you know of any renewable energy targets, policies, finance mechanisms, community energy projects or have data on installed capacity at the city level? How are cities mobilising finance and how high is investment in renewables? Why are cities pursuing renewables and how are they involving citizens in these decisions?

Email us at or sign up here to become an expert contributor or peer reviewer. Your contribution will help increase visibility for local action and showcase examples so that we can jointly shape the debate on cities in the energy transition.

All contributors will be acknowledged in the final Renewables in Cities 2019 Global Status Report. Those that contribute city-specific information may see their city or project featured on the City Showcase.