What’s in the cards for renewables in 2013 and beyond?




On 16 January 2013, REN21 launched its new flagship publication, the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) at the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), produced by REN21 in co-operation with ISEP, the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy of Japan.

The REN21 Global Futures Report author, Dr. Eric Martinot, presented the report in the opening session of the ADIREC 2013 where he and Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at International Energy Agency (IEA), discussed the future of renewable energy and what is in the cards in 2013 and beyond.  Moderated by Sky News Arabia, speakers Martinot and Birol provided their high-level perspectives on the global renewable energy outlook in view of existing economic instability and the range of credible possibilities for renewable energy in the long-term.

With the world’s energy dynamics becoming increasingly complex, there is a need for greater global dialogue and collaboration to address how the world will power its future generations. As a compilation (mosaic) of viewpoints, the report is designed to do just that, to stimulate discussion and thinking about the future in new ways. The GFR provides access to the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy, grounded in the opinion of 170 leading experts worldwide and the projections of 50 recently published scenarios. It paints a mosaic of the possibilities ahead. REN21 intends to use this report to facilitate dialogues and discussions about the future of renewable energy among a wide range of stakeholders, and especially with a view to future policy making. A series of “Great Debates” located throughout the report are a special element, and frame contemporary issues for discussion and understanding.

See the www.ren21.net/gfr  for more details.