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Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century
November 2011

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Dear reader,

he status of renewable energy has changed significantly since REN21 was created in 2004. Investment and installed capacity have experienced double-digit growth over those years; however renewable energy share in final energy consumption is still only at 16 % globally. At the same time, a number of scenarios and initiatives emerge stipulating that, for both environmental reasons and from a business perspective, renewable energy should become the mainstream energy source of the future. 
Despite the impressive developments in renewable energy all around the world – in 2010 renewable energy delivered close to 20% of global electricity; renewable energy accounted for roughly half of the 194 GW of new power generating capacity; last year more than US$ 211 billion were invested in renewable energy; more than 118 countries have renewable energy targets and policies in place with a ever growing share from the developing world (see REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report for further details) - there is still a significant need to spread the word about renewable energy and its manifold benefits.

These last years have also brought a series of institutional changes: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was founded and currently has 148 member countries plus the European Commission. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has scaled-up its analytical work on renewable energy. The current setting does not change the fundamentals of REN21, but rather adapts and strengthens its mission to convene international multi-stakeholder leaders with the aim to enable a rapid global transition to renewable energy and aligns its activities to respond to the changed times, positioning the network in partnership with the actors described above. In its 11th meeting on 5th October 2011 in Bonn/Germany, the REN21 Steering Committee anchored this strengthened role by approving REN21’s strategy & work plan 2012-2014. 
REN21 will continue to provide high-class information on the status of renewable energy and, together with its network partners, will play a leadership role in promoting policy frameworks for the rapid uptake of renewable energy all over the world. Communication and outreach will play a central role in REN21’s future work. In this spirit, it is the intention of the REN21 newsletter to provide you with concise quarterly news about REN21’s activities, both from the Secretariat as well as from the REN21 networking partners. They are organized in three sections:
Should you need further information about any of the described activities/events or want to share any suggestions concerning the newsletter, feel free to contact us at

Happy reading,
Christine Lins
Executive Secretary of REN21

News from the REN21 Secretariat

Update on the GSR2011 launches & outlook to upcoming events
This year, for the first time since its initial 2005 edition, the REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report was officially launched in more than six countries around the world. The series began with a GSR2011 launch event in Fiji, followed by events in Germany, Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and the United States. With this occasion, people from the renewable energy community had a chance to participate at live presentations of GSR2011 key findings and engage in discussions about facts and figures presented in the report and the state of renewable energy in general. |Read more...

REN21 Renewables Interactive Map
REN21 is proud to present the Renewables Interactive Map featuring full functionalities and providing comprehensive datasets in a user friendly structure. 
In conjunction with the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) the Renewables Interactive Map offers an updated, interactive, and accurate picture of the global status of renewables. 
Through the Map, REN21 is giving people and organisations all over the world, a platform for opening their renewables data to the public. To learn more about how to contribute please contact |Visit the MAP...

REN21 at IRENA IITC Opening
The official opening of the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany was held on the 6th and 7th October 2011 bringing together high level officials and representatives from industry, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations. (...) Panelist Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, welcomed collaboration with IRENA, complimented its focus on indicators and mentioned the need for better cost estimates. |Read more...

REN21 at the launch of Norway’s Energy+ initiative
On 10-11th October 2011, Norway launched its new Energy+ initiative during the high-level conference "Energy for All: Financing Access for the Poor", co-organised by the Government of Norway and the International Energy Agency. The conference was officially opened by Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and discussed possible ways of financing access to energy for the 1.4 billion people without access to electricity and 2.5 billion people who still use traditional biomass for cooking. These subjects will be at the core of the upcoming International Year of Sustainable Energy for All. REN21 participated in the conference to highlight the manifold possibilities for energy access with renewable energy. |Read more...

News from the REN21 Network

Renewable Energy in the Developing World: the Global Environment Facility makes it a reality
(...) As an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, the GEF has demonstrated unique leadership by investing over US$1.2 billion in more than 200 renewable energy projects in almost 100 developing countries and economies in transition. |Read more...

A brief spotlight on the latest developments in Germany’s renewable energy policy

  • During the first six months of 2011, the share of renewable energies in the German electricity supply crossed the 20 percent mark.
  • On 6th June 2011 the Federal government adopted the key elements for a faster transformation of the German energy system.
  • German Climate and Renewable energy targets until 2050.
  • A revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) has been adopted in June 2011 and will enter into force on 1st January 2012. |Read more...

World Energy Outlook 2011 launched
9th November 2011
At a press conference in London, the IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven and Chief Economist Fatih Birol presented the results of the IEA World Energy Outlook 2011 (WEO).  |Read more...

ACORE Phase II of Renewable Energy in America National Policy Forum
December 6-7th, 2011 
ACORE’s annual Phase II Policy Forum has never been more important. With an industry whose growth and economic potential is being called into question, Phase II will be a critical meeting geared to formulate an over-arching strategy for the continued success and support of the industry. |Read more...

Upcoming Events 

November 2011

REN21 Renewables 2011 Global Status Report - Launch Event
Casablanca, Morocco. 22 November 2011 |Event details
International Workshop "Domestic Biogas Programmes in Asia"
Bandung, Indonesia. 22-24 November 2011 |Event details
Asia and Pacific Conference on Electronic Government Procurement (e-GP)
Bali, Indonesia. 22-24 November 2011 |Event details
Innovation in Green Buildings - The GRIHA Approach
Bangalore, India. 25 November 2011 |Event details
National Conference on "Recent Advances in Bio-Energy Research"
Kapurthala, India. 25-26 November 2011 |Event details
Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Conference
Warsaw, Poland. 28-29 November 2011 |Event details
6th International Renewable Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition
Berlin, Germany. 28-30 November 2011 |Event details
COP17/CMP7 United Nations Climate Change Conference
Durban, South Africa. 28 November - 9 December 2011 |Event details
IEA participation at COP17
Durban, South Africa. 
28 November - 9 December 2011 |Event details
European Offshore Wind 2011 Conference and Exhibition
Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 29 November - 1 December 2011 |Event details
Chatham House Debate: Is Nuclear a Sustainable Energy Option?
London, UK. 30 November 2011 |Event details


December 2011

Phase II of Renewable Energy in America
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. 6-7 December 2011 |Event details
Brussels, Belgium. 7 December 2011 |Event details
IPBES: International Expert Workshop on Policy Support
Bonn, Germany. 7-9 December 2011 |Event details
Business in action for low-carbon growth (REEEP, CDP, CTI-PFAN and CREIA)
COP17 Side Event / Durban, South Africa. 8 December 2011 |Event details
AWEA Wind Resource & Project Energy Assessment Seminar
Seattle, USA. 14-15 December 2011 |Event details

January 2012

World Future Energy Summit
Abu Dhabi, UAE. 16-18 January 2012 |Event details
Middle East and North Africa Energy 2012
London, UK. 30-31 January 2012 |Event details

February 2012

12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit
New Delhi, India. 2-4 February 2012 |Event details
The Future of Cities 2012: Investment for Urban Growth
London, UK. 6-7 February 2012 |Event details
Mexico Wind Power
Mexico City, Mexico. 14-15 February 2012 |Event details

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