First released in 2005, REN21's Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) has grown to become a truly collaborative effort, drawing on an international network of over 500 authors, contributors and reviewers. Today it is the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends.
We need to close the energy access gap. It is a challenge inherent in Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) of achieving universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy services by 2030 and has been a priority for many practitioners.
Unlocking the necessary investments in energy access of more than $49 billion annually over the period 2010-2030, requires a greater understanding of where finance is flowing and whether flows meet the financing needs and absorptive capacity on the ground.
On July 20, 2016, President Barak Obama will host the White House Summit on Global Development, an opportunity for development leaders, public and private sector partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to celebrate shared contributions that have led to dramatic progress in global health, energy, food security, good governance, partnership, and youth engagement.
In September 2015, world leaders came together to formulate 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 7th goal aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. A few months later, 195 countries signed an agreement in Paris to limit global warming to less than 2°C.
RE100 issued their 2016 Annual Report highlighting that the cost of renewable power technologies is continuing to drop, which is strengthening the economic case for switching to renewable power.
Renewables now generate 22.8% of all global electricity use – and this is set to grow further still. Looking at economic data, changing policy, power capacity patterns and global demand, we can see that there are multiple reasons for this inevitable shift to renewable sources of power generation.
The 2016 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development concluded on 20 July with the adoption of a declaration that commits ministers from around the world to leave no one behind in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Forum, which opened on 11 July, is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UK needs to maintain its commitment to greener growth amid turbulence following the country’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, tells the Guardian.
Kyte, speaking before the appointment of Theresa May as the UK’s new Prime Minister, said generating more energy from cleaner sources would boost jobs and the economy at a time of uncertainty, and help poorer people the most.
Women’s voices must be heard so that clear priorities are set in the transition to energy access and low-carbon growth, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, says in the latest edition of ENERGIA’s newsletter.
From June 11 to 20, the United Nations will hold the 2016 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York. The forum is the United Nations’ central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Development Summit on September 25, 2015.