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How We Work:  The REN21 network works collectively to spur the uptake of renewables globally and regionally. We do this in a number of ways.  We continuously identify new experts to bring in new knowledge and experience.  We work with partners to ensure that the information produced is accessible in key languages.  We also talk to users to find out how we can better present information so that it is accessible and understandable in addition to being rigorously researched. And because there is so much happening on the energy transition, we invest in forming partnerships with others so that we can learn from one and other and build on successes. 
REN21’s strength comes from its network.  If you are interested in being a part of this network and are committed to advancing the energy transition with renewables and energy efficiency please contact us!

180 Experts Added

The REN21 expert network continues to grow! Today it stands at 800 renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency experts. For the Renewables 2016 Global Status Report (GSR 2016), 180 experts joined the report process, equivalent to the total number of GSR experts in 2012. This is in addition to the over 2,000 experts who contribute as reviewers. Collectively these experts engage in the GSR process, giving their time, contributing data and providing comment in the peer review process.

Fittingly, the 2016 report reflected the role of community in driving renewable energy uptake.  The Feature chapter demonstrated how communities are turning to renewable energy to increase energy security. The success of these community endeavours is due in large part to the long-term commitment and perseverance of their supporters. Read about best-practice examples that range from Belgium to Scotland to Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameron and the West Bank.

REN21's network also contributed to its regional and thematic reports. 2016 saw the release of the EAC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Report, documenting the status of renewables in the five countries surrounding Lake Victoria.  More than 50 experts and reviewers from across the region participated.

Another 100+ experts (from across all six continents) contributed their views to the upcoming 100% Renewables Global Futures Report.  Experts discussed the possibility of achieving 100% renewables by mid-century, outlining the challenges that will need to be overcome get us there and identifying who will bear the costs – either of action or inaction.  The report will be released April 2017.

Renewable Energy Information in 31 Languages

REN21’s Renewables 2016 Global Status Report, released 1 June, was covered in 31 different languages across 92 countries.  Press releases were available in 11 languages and by year’s end the Key Findings (Executive Summary of the GSR) were available in Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Outreach in 25 Countries

REN21 leverages it work by forming strategic partnerships and cooperating with other organisations to host debates on the global renewable energy transition.  Over the course of 2016 REN21 staff participated in numerous events criss-crossing 25 countries in its efforts to demonstrate the energy transition with renewables.

Welcomed 7 New Members

Seven new organisations joined REN21 over the course of 2016.  Sixty-one organisations, spanning government, intergovernmental, industry associations, research and academia and NGOs are now REN21 members.  A diversified network strengthens REN21’s work as we learn from one and another and build on successes, leading to an increased use of renewables.

2 New Tools Developed

REN21 released a micro-site so that people can access the full GSR on-line without having to download it.  All the references used in the GSR are also available and linked. The text can be directly translated from English into the user’s language. While initially designed to respond to users with low or poor connectivity, the site is now accessed by a wide range of users around the world.  A video complements the GSR by summarising the highlights of the 200+ page report in 2 minutes.


2017: On the horizon

Mark your calendars for the 7th International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) to be held in Mexico City, 11-13 September.  Titled MEXIREC, this conference will showcase the rapid development of the renewable energy sector in the region and worldwide.

To find out more about REN21, how we work and what we have done, look at our website, consult our Annual Report 2016, subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, and follow us on Twitter: @REN21
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