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*A year comes to an end, a moment to look back on a year of transition and make wishes for the future!*
For REN21, this has been an exciting year with some major highlights: we started work on a new report series, the *Renewables in Cities Global Status Report*
2018 has also been a year of transition, not only in the REN21 Secretariat, but also for our reporting on the status of renewable energy. In view of the alarming climate change situation, there is a serious need for a reality check on the *role renewable energy play and can play* in responding to urgent *climate and sustainable development issues. *Major energy players note the great advancement of renewables in the power sector while simultaneously agreeing that it is insufficient. They also point to the lack of developments in key, end-use sectors such as heating and transport. The transition in the power sector clearly shows that there is no more need to prove that renewables are a key solution for the energy system and are fundamental in addressing climate change. *However, a deeper, accelerated transformation is needed. *
*This requires a* *change in thinking*: we need to evolve towards greater integration, across sectors and between policy levels. This means that we have to leave our comfort zone: we cannot remain in silos. The fight should be for sustainable energy, before we fight for energy efficiency or renewables. We all need to fight for renewables, before fighting for a specific renewable energy technology.
Energy is everywhere. We all need to bridge renewable supply and demand despite our different ways of thinking and despite the need to develop a joint language to implement integrated planning, policies and action. The renewable energy community also needs to decide how to include more players in the global energy debate, whether it be fighting for a social, just-transition, or facing detractors of the sustainable energy transformation.
*All this is challenging and may make people uncomfortable, but it is also exciting!* It is exciting, as there is fact-based evidence about the opportunities renewables offer. It is exciting, as there are many inspiring examples of countries, regions, cities, companies and citizens that are making the transformation happen. It is exciting, as there are stories to tell that paint a future that many want to see. And this is key if we want to build on the power of many, to create the necessary political pressure for disruptive change, for building political leadership, policies and regulatory frameworks.
I am grateful to be where I am; part of REN21, a global renewable energy multi-stakeholder policy network. Our collaborative, multi-stakeholder, reporting culture generates the fabulous conditions that allow us to bridge the renewable community with those communities of decision-makers outside the renewable energy sphere but who are relevant for the global renewable energy uptake.
*My wish for 2019*: that the sustainable energy community will work together over the course of the year with the objective of speaking with one, strong voice at COP25 to make sure that decision-makers cannot ignore the realities that energy efficiency and renewable energy play and need to play!
And finally, I would like to end this year by thanking my team at the REN21 Secretariat for their energy and engagement in this time of transition. And in particular, Arthours Zervos, REN21 Chair and the REN21 Bureau for their trust and support during my first ‘year’ as REN21 Executive Secretary.
I wish you all the best for the end of the year and many happy returns for 2019. May it be filled with many opportunities to accelerate renewables uptake!
*News from the REN21 Secretariat* *Vital Power of Many*
Over three days, participants collectively addressed themes such as renewable heat, transport, energy system 2.0; topics all chosen as entry points for creating integrated energy solutions to enable the energy transformation. Participants shared perspectives, asked tough questions, innovated together and were guided by a programme that had been co-developed in advance with the participants. REN21 will build on this community spirit to help inform its work over the next three-year work programme.
Mark your calendars for 2020, when the next REN21 Academy will be held. Until then, watch the video, see the photos, review the programme and download the presentations
Send your cartoons <email@example.com?subject=Cartoon%20for%20Instagram> to us here at the Secretariat and keep your eyes peeled! *REN21@COP24 *
*Towards Decarbonising Transport – A 2018 Stocktake on Sectoral Ambition in the G20*
The TCC-GSR describes recent trends in transport demand emissions, illustrates recent policy targets and measures across several transport sub-sectors, and sets a baseline from which to demonstrate the potential of transport to make a proportional contribution to the 1.5-degree scenario.
REN21 was special advisor to this new SLoCaT publication. The TCC-GSR builds on the structure and process that has made the *Renewables Global Status Report*
Building on the 2015 edition, the report looks at national and regional policy, market and investment developments. While the region has seen progress in the power sector, uptake of renewables in the transport and heating sectors lag significantly, mirroring trends seen elsewhere in the world. *Asia in Focus*
On 5 November, REN21 and the Korean Ministry of Technology, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) formalised their partnership for the 8th IREC. Titled *KIREC – Seoul 2019*, this will be the first IREC where both a national government and a city government (Municipality of Seoul) are cooperating to develop the IREC programme. This partnership reflects the growing importance of cities in the renewable energy transition and their role in vertical policy integration.
The event will take place 23-26 October 2019. More information about the event, registration etc., will be made available in our next newsletter (March 2019). In the meantime, mark your calendars and practice saying “yeoboseyo” (“hello” in Korean). *Tracking Developments in Asia*
If you are interested in providing data or reviewing text, please complete this Expression of Interest
This publication builds on the success and lessons learned in producing the *Renewables Global Status Report*
The peer review will take place *8-20 January 2019.* *Please save the date! * Should you wish to contribute and are NEW to this process, then please complete the following Expression of Interest form
*News from the Network* *New Reading: RISE 2018 – Policy Matters*
The report finds that in the past decade, the number of countries with strong policy frameworks for sustainable energy has more than tripled since 2010, with a dramatic increase in the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. However, it warns that the world, as a whole, is only about half-way towards the adoption of advanced policy frameworks for sustainable energy, leaving significant room for improvement in order to reach global climate goals and the sustainable energy goal on energy (SDG7).
*RISE 2018: Policy Matters* — a global stocktaking of policies and regulations to achieve SDG7 – measures country-level adoption of policies and regulations for electricity access, clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency. With indicators covering 133 countries and representing 97 percent of the world’s population, RISE 2018 provides a reference point for policymakers to benchmark their policies and regulatory frameworks against those of regional and global peers and identify any gaps that may hinder their progress toward universal energy access.
RISE 2018: Policy Matters is the second edition of RISE which was first released in 2016. *Visualise the Energy Transition in Japan *
This partnership supports the uptake of cleaner, more efficient cooking solutions. Household energy is central to sustainable development and needs to be a central piece of local and regional policies. This is particularly important where the concept of decentralisation is still new. Over 8,000 households will benefit from this programme which includes raising awareness on how to access and use cleaner stoves and cooking in Togo. The programme also offers training and capacity development to the local youth and artisans who will, in turn, support the project team.
Over the course of one year, JVE International will distribute 7,500 mobile ICS, and will construct 700 fixed Nepalese model ICS. You can read more about this work here
The partnership supports the community’s sustainable access to essential services in Tsévié and the surrounding area with energy efficiency and JVE’s work “Empowering Communities Program” (ECP
*Creating the Biofuture
The report states – in line with models and scenarios by the International Energy Agency (IEA
The four biggest barriers currently impeding further progress are related to: 1) investment; 2) competitiveness in the current subsidised-oil environment; 3) policy frameworks; and 4) access to sustainable feedstock. The report adds to a growing international consensus on the importance of bioenergy, including IEA´s recent *Renewables 2018 Energy Market Report*, and calls for a reinforced international collaboration for the sustainable development of bioenergy and bioproducts.
To help further drive this collaboration, IEA will assume the role of Facilitator (Secretariat) for the Biofuture Platform, following the Government of Brazil’s interim tenure in that role. The report is available here
The scenario explorer
The dataset includes 414 scenarios for future climate change developed by more than a dozen research teams from around the world. These scenarios, which focus on limiting temperature rise to below 1.5°C or 2°C above pre-industrial levels, include information related to the energy system, renewable penetration, greenhouse gas emissions, land-use change, and other factors related to climate change and sustainable development.
The suite of assessment and visualisation tools is free and accessible to the general public. Policymakers and researchers in related fields such as climate finance can explore alternative climate actions and their potential consequences, to better understand mitigation options and their synergies and trade-offs with sustainable development and other societal priorities. *Calling for More Ambitious Emission Reductions*
– avoiding respectively removing all kind of actual and bureaucratic barriers to the use of renewable energy; – enabling and supporting citizens and communities to develop and operate renewable energy technologies; – making renewable energy technologies available to all human beings; – developing and promoting business models that allow and emphasise the productive use of renewable energy; – supporting local, community-based investors, by making use of innovative financial instruments that help to close the equity gap.
The full text of the Declaration can be downloaded here
Co-hosted by the Clean Cooking Alliance
Representatives from across the public and private sectors expressed their optimism and support for increasingly prominent efforts by the Alliance and others to create a sustainable, profitable market for high-impact clean cooking solutions.
“This first Investment Forum has been a remarkable and visible start to that effort, but much more needs to be done,” said Clean Cooking Alliance CEO Dymphna van der Lans. “We look forward to ramping up our private sector engagement in the coming months, using our convening power to support models which can ultimately attract the billions of dollars in investments required to make clean cooking accessible to all.” *India Distributed Energy Forum and Expo: January 2019*
Would you like to join the growing list of sponsors or exhibitors? Don’t miss out and get in touch with Serra Paixão <firstname.lastname@example.org> . The Distributed Energy Forum and Expo runs 30-31 January 2019. *Join Us: 5th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum in Abidjan*
The Forum, supported by ECREEE
Building on the success of previous editions, the event will showcase the latest off-grid political and funding initiatives, discuss trends and innovations, and build win-win partnerships through matchmaking. Register now
The Congress will be held jointly with the International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme’s (SHC) International Conference of Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry. IEA SHC
Santiago is a dynamic city of seven million inhabitants, and in a country, that’s deeply committed to the fast deployment of renewable energy with the aim or reaching a 100% renewable energy. Chile’s SERC-Chile
In 2018, over 2,000 participants from more than 90 countries, 40 ministers and state secretaries, and 100 high-level speakers came to Berlin to be part of the discussion. In 2019, expect to hear insights about the digital transformation, innovative flexibility solutions and efficiency efforts to lead towards “New Horizons”, the tagline for this year’s dialogue. The Energiewende will transform geopolitics and require solutions for structural change while providing huge business opportunities. Policymakers are challenged to provide the right framework to combine national realities with global goals. The BETD is an invitation-only event. Participation is subject to approval by the Federal Government. Non-German participants may register here
You can also experience the energy transition first hand at a variety of events around the conference during the Berlin Energy Week 8-12 April 2019 by attending official side events, guided tours, receptions, workshops, B2G and B2B meetings.
* Upcoming Events *
India Distributed Energy Forum & Expo 2019 New Delhi, India. January 30 – 31, 2019 | Event details
5th ARE Energy Access Investment Forum Abidjan, Ivory Coast. March 13, 2019 | Event details
Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2019 Berlin, Germany. April 9-10, 2019 | Event details
ICCA2019. Vertical Integration for Climate Action Heidelberg, Germany. 22–23 May, 2019 | Event details
ISES Solar World Congress 2019 Santiago, Chile. November 04 – 07, 2019 | Event details
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