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Regional Conference on Scaling Up Sustainable Energy Solutions
Istanbul, Turkey, 13-14 May 2014 |Event details

Hidroenergia 2014 - Congress and Trade Fair on Small Hydropower
Istanbul, Turkey, 21-23- May 2014 |Event details

World Bioenergy Conference (WBA)
Jönköping,Sweden,3-5 June 2014 |Event details






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Calling all Renewable Energy Experts!

4 April 2014
The second review period for REN21’s 2014 Global Status Report will begin this Friday April 4th and will run until Wednesday April 16th. This is an open peer review process; your feedback, as well as additional information that you may have, is welcome and will help to strengthen the quality of the Global Status Report.

The upcoming review round will focus on:
• Global Market Overview – cross-cutting developments and trends in renewable energy in 2013
• Market & Industry Trends by Technology (including bio-energy, geothermal power & heat; hydropower; ocean energy; solar PV; CSP; solar thermal heating & cooling; and wind power).
• Investment Trends
• Sidebars on related topics

To participate, please sign up to the REN21+ Online Review Tool at (Detailed instruction are listed below).

Don’t be shy: review all the sections or simply one or two!


STEP 1: Go to
STEP 2: Create a new account (a simple 2-step process)

Check your email folder for confirmation of registration

STEP 3: Go to the Groups Tab and click on: GSR Group Contributors & Reviewers
STEP 4: Once in the GSR Contributors & Reviewers Group, go the Documents to Review header and select GSR 2014 Review Draft 2
STEP 5: The GSR draft will open in a new window where you can make your in-line comments

Should you have any problems please email us at:

You can view a short (2/12 minute) step-by-step video tutorial on how to use the review tool. (Please note you can only access this video once you are signed into REN21+.)

March 2014 edition of REN21 Newsletter released

13 March 2014
The March 2014 edition of the REN21 newsletter has just been released. Sign up and join thousands of decision makers in the renewables and sustainability sphere who are following the activities of our extensive network.

This edition includes contributions by: REN21 Secretariat, IRENA, ARE, UNEP, SE4ALL, IEA, World Bank, GEF, UNIDO, WBA, ISES, WWEA, UNESCO, GWEC & ICLEI

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South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) date set

24 January 2014
The Government of South Africa has officially announced that the next International Renewable Energy Conference in South Africa (SAIREC) will take place from 4-7 October 2015.

Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IREC is a high-level political conference series hosted by a national government every two years and convened by REN21. Each IREC acts as a common platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy and has provided the impetuses for several momentous initiatives over the past decade.
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REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2014 Review Round I

13 January 2013
The first draft of the REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report is now available for review. Join the growing community of GSR contributors and reviewers by providing inputs on the advancements made in 2013 in the fields of Renewable Energy Policy and Distributed Renewable Energy in Developing Countries. Please note, all review comments must be made online via REN21+ before January 26.

REN21 at COP19

16 December 2013
In parallel with its 14th Steering Committee meeting, REN21 participated in two COP 19 side events in Warsaw, Poland, both events hosted by REN21 members.  The REN Alliance event looked at the integration of technologies to achieve a 100% renewable society.  “Achieving ecodevelopment through smart energy planning” was hosted by HELIO International. Here REN21 presented on the need for reliable information to make good decisions.  Questions from the audience at both events illustrated the collective frustration at the slow integration of renewables into the energy mix. | more information

REN21 at a glance

02 December 2013
Are you interested in knowing what REN21 did in 2013? What about what we plan to do in 2014?  REN21’s 2013 Annual Report provides readers with this information and more. Links to all REN21’s 2013 publications are included in the on-line version making it a handy reference tool.  If you would like a printed copy of the report, please contact us.



Webinar on Global Renewable Energy Status and Medium-term Outlook until 2018

29 October 2013
The Clean Energy Solutions Center in partnership with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) is pleased to present a webinar exploring the key findings of REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report and IEA’s Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013: Market Trends and Projections to 2018.

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Call for tender – ECOWAS Renewable Energy Status Report

22 October 2013
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is one of the most active regions in Africa for the promotion of renewables and energy efficiency. The region’s considerable renewable energy resources are central in helping meet current and projected demand. Renewable energy also presents an opportunity for the region to achieve a globally important position in the renewable energy market, which is likely to become the cornerstone of a low-carbon green economy of the future.

To facilitate the uptake of renewables in the region, REN21 and ECOWAS ECREEE have joined together to produce an ECOWAS Renewable Energy Status Report.  The following call is for authoring the ECOWAS Status Report and Executive Summary. The Terms of Reference are available here.

For any questions, please contact the REN21 Secretariat

The deadline date for receipt of the proposals is: Friday, 8th  November 2013, 17:00 (CET)

Start of GSR Webinar Series

28 August 2013

Interested in learning about results from REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report?  Want to hear about developments in your region? If so, join us for our webinar series starting this September. 

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IRENA releases IOREC Key Findings

31 July 2013
IRENA co-organised the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC) along with the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), in Accra, Ghana, on 1-2 November 2012. This report presents the key findings and recommendations that emerged from the roundtable discussions during IOREC.

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RECP Mini-Grid Workshop to be held in Tanzania

07 July 2013
The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) is organising a Mini-Grid workshop in Arusha, Tanzania on 5 September 2013. This workshop is an initiative of the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), incollaboration with The Africa Electrification Initiative (AEI), the Rural Energy Agency (REA) Tanzania, the World Bank, and the European Union Energy Initiative - Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF).

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IEA releases its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR)

26 June 2013
NEW YORK – Power generation from hydro, wind, solar and other renewable sources worldwide will exceed that from gas and be twice that from nuclear by 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today in its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report (MTRMR).

The MTRMR is on sale at the IEA bookshop. Accredited journalists who would like more information or who wish to receive a complimentary copy should contact

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MENA renewable energy capacity set to grow 60-fold by 2030

23 June 2013

IRENA, REN21 and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the findings of the report, “Status and Trends of Renewables: From the MENA Region to a Global Setting”, at a policy discussion at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). The MENA report was released in Paris and Abu Dhabi on 3 June, in association with the launch of REN21’s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report. | more information

Release of the Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

12 June 2013
The Renewables 2013 Global Status Report provides unparalleled information on renewable energy markets, industries and policy frameworks. The report showcases an impressive increase in global capacity across all renewable energy sectors, with supporting policies spreading simultaneously; Of the 138 countries with renewables targets or policies in place, two-thirds are in the developing world. Investment in renewable energy significantly increased in developing countries in 2012 while globally it decreased due to reduced technology costs and policy instability in some industrialised countries. In 2012, an estimated 5.7 million people worldwide worked directly or indirectly in the renewable energy sector.
The 180 page report covers recent developments, current status and key trends. Over 500 contributors participated in this year’s process, making the GSR 2013 a truly international and collaborative effort.
The report was launched June 12th, 2013 in conjunction with the Frankfurt School –UNEP/BNEF’s Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2013more information