International energy policy

Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)

Logo of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). Copyright: REN21The International Conference for Renewable Ener­gies in Bonn Renewables 2004 was conclu­ded by announ­cing the creation of a global policy net­work for renewable energies. This Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) commenced its work in Paris in June 2005. Governments, international institutions, non-governmental organisations and commercial enterprises participate in the forum. They have set themselves the goal of supporting the development of renewable energies in industrialised and developing countries at the regional, national and international levels.

In 2005 REN21 published its first Renewables Global Status Report, which for the first time provided a comprehensive overview of global developments in this energy sector. Since then regular updates have been published – and the figures are encouraging: the 2009 report shows a rapid growth in renewable energies worldwide. According to the report wind power grew by 29 per cent worldwide in 2008, while photovoltaics increased by 70 per cent. Since 2004, the installed power plant capacity for generating power from renewable sources has risen by 75 per cent, reaching a figure of 280 gigawatts.

One key task of the REN21 Secretariat in Paris is also to document the extent to which the Renewables 2004 International Action Programme has already been implemented. A first evaluation report was issued in November 2006 – containing positive results: the majority of the agreed measures had by that point in time already been launched. Information on the current status of the various projects can be found on the REN21 website.

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