Renewables Global Status Report Series

Climate & Energy Director
Senior Fellow
Research Associate

The transition to a global economy that utilizes renewable energy is essential. The current reliance on fossil fuels is unsustainable financially and environmentally, and increasing demand for fossil fuels is creating violent competition for remaining available natural resources. Our challenge is to devise a strategy to provide citizens with essential energy services that do not disrupt the climate system, degrade the environment, or provoke conflict.


Related Publications

Renewables 2013 Global Status Report

REN21 | June 2013

This report available for free download

Renewables 2012 Global Status Report

REN21 | June 2012

This report available for free download

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in China: Current Status and Prospects for 2020

Report #182 | October 2010

Renewable Revolution: Low-Carbon Energy by 2030

Worldwatch/REEEP | December 2009

This report available for free download

About the Global Status Report Series





Since 2005, Worldwatch has collaborated with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) to compile the annual Renewables Global Status Report, which provides an integrated perspective on the global renewable energy situation. The report has grown to become a truly collaborative effort of over 400 authors, contributors and reviewers, and is today the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends; serving as an entry point for decision makers in governments, businesses and finance. It provides testimony of the undeterred growth of electricity, heat, and transport fuel production capacities from renewable energy sources, including solar PV, CSP, wind power, solar hot water heating, bioenergy, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal.

In 2014, Worldwatch will once again play a key role in compiling the annual report. Worldwatch Senior Fellow Janet Sawin will remain the lead author of the report, with Climate and Energy Director Alexander Ochs and Research Associate Evan Musolino serving contributing and reviewing roles.

The report is due in early June. This project is supported by Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the United Nations Environment Programme.

About REN21

REN21 convenes international multistakeholder leaders to enable a rapid global transition to renewable energy. REN21 promotes renewable energy to meet the needs of both industrialized and developing countries that are driven by climate change, energy security, development and poverty alleviation.


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