About REN21 Reports

REN21 Secretariat


With a network of more than 1,500 experts, REN21 publishes a range of reports to help drive the global transition to renewable energy. Distributed widely, they are available online, free-of-charge.

REN21 reports “make the invisible, visible”

REN21 is an international policy network of passionate players dedicated to building a sustainable energy future with renewables. REN21 is recognised as a neutral data and knowledge broker that provides credible and widely accepted information. All of REN21’s reports are available free-of-charge.

Distributed data and information are consolidated and clearly presented in each report. REN21 aims to dispel myths and “make the invisible, visible”, ensuring data and information are available to inform decision-making and shape the global energy debate.

The Renewables Global Status Report (GSR)

The GSR provides an overview of the renewable energy markets, investments and policies around the world. The report was published for the first time in 2005 and is produced annually.

The reporting process embodies REN21’s core values of collaboration, rigor, transparency.  It draws on an international network of more than 1,500 authors, contributors and reviewers from over 155 countries. Today it is often cited as the reference source on renewable energy markets and policies.

Use the GSR online interactive report to move easily through the report and find complete references for all the data points. The accompanying Perspectives outlines the overarching trends and developments. It’s presented in magazine form, in user-friendly language so that readers can more easily understand the significance of the latest renewable energy developments.

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

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

Regional Status Reports (RSR)

Each report details the renewable energy developments in a region. The report process supports the development of a community of experts helping to improve data and knowledge about renewables regionally – supporting decision making and changing perceptions.

The 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. It’s a unique report, providing guidance for policy makers.

Thematic Reports

These reports are produced as and when they are needed, often in partnership with other organisations. Each report targets a specific theme.

With annual key report series (the Renewables Global Status Report and the Renewables in Cities Global Status Report) and numerous supplementary offerings, REN21 knowledge products are part of a concerted global effort to raise awareness and create a sustainable energy future with renewables.