The Renewables 2011 Global Status Report


REN21 Report coverThe Renewables 2011 Global Status Report provides an integrated perspective on the global renewable energy situation. Since the first Global Status Report was produced in 2005, the analysis has become the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy business and policy, serving a wide range of audiences from investors and government decision makers to students, project developers, researchers, and industrial manufacturers. It provides testimony of the undeterred growth of electricity, heat, and fuel production capacities from renewable energy sources, including solar PV, wind power, solar hot water/heating, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal.

The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), a global policy network that provides a forum for international leadership on renewable energy, produced the report in collaboration with a global network of research partners. Worldwatch Senior Fellow Janet Sawin served as a lead author and Eric Martinot served as the report's advisor.

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Highlights include:

  • Continued Global Growth of Renewable Energy in 2010

  • Renewable energy supplied an estimated 16% of global final energy consumption

  • Solar PV more than doubled thanks to declining costs

  • Global Investments in Renewables Up Over 30% to a Record $211 billion

  • Emerging and Developing Economies Increase Share of Policies, Investment, Supply and Use

  • REN21 launches Renewables Interactive Map

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About REN21

REN21 is a global policy network in which ideas are shared and action is encouraged to promote renewable energy. REN21 provides a forum for leadership and exchange in international policy processes. It bolsters appropriate policies that increase the wise use of renewable energies in developing and industrialized economies. Open to a wide variety of dedicated stakeholders, REN21 connects governments, international institutions, nongovernmental organizations, industry associations, and other partnerships and initiatives.

Linking actors from the energy, development, and environment communities, REN21 leverages their successes and strengthens their influence for the rapid expansion of renewable energy worldwide.

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View past updates of the Renewables Global Status Reports.

Renewables 2010 Global Status Report
Renewables 2007 Global Status Report
Renewables 2006 Global Status Report
Renewables 2005 Global Status Report