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REN21 Newsletter – September 2018

Hello *|FNAME|* View this email in your browser <> <> Newsletter – September 2018 In this issue News from the Secretariat <#m_379229344990111990_NewsfromtheREN21Secretariat> | News from the Network <#m_379229344990111990_NewsfromtheNetwork> | Upcoming Events <#m_379229344990111990_Events> <> <> <> <> *Dear Readers,* A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, USA. An initiative of California’s Governor Jerry Brown, the Summit brought leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” Over four days, through affiliate and high-level events, leaders from states, regions, cities, business and investing companies presented commitments and new initiatives to accelerate climate action and realise the Paris Agreement.
Decarbonisation of the global economy is in sight. Transformational changes are happening across the world and across all sectors thanks to technological innovation, new and creative policies and political will at all levels. Renewables are playing a central role in this transformational process.
Visions and leadership are needed, but announcements and good intentions do not necessarily lead to implementation. How do we ensure that these new initiatives are implemented and that they realise the results intended? How do we ensure that real advancements are made visible to inspire others and lead to exponential change?
REN21 is working on making visible these activities through its *Global Status Report* and *Regional Status Report* series. We will further develop this collaborative approach by working at the city-level. The upcoming *Renewable Energy in Cities* report will consolidate renewable energy data and make it visible to policy-makers and other stakeholders, both within and outside of the city environment. It will detail local policies used to promote renewable energy and monitor renewable energy deployment in cities and activities/realities in implementing them.
More details about this work, a soon-to-be released status report on the Southern Africa region as well other exciting initiatives from our members can be found in this latest edition of REN21’s quarterly newsletter. I hope you find this issue informative for your work. Happy reading!
Best regards, Rana Adib Executive Secretary of REN21
*News from the REN21 Secretariat* *It’s Time for Data Collection * <>Work has already started on the next edition of REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR)! GSR 2019 will be released June 2019, and the research process will begin soon. If you have not done so, *please fill in the Expression of Interest <> form <> telling us how you would like to participate* in the GSR 2019 process.
In addition, we would like to know what the key messages could be included in GSR 2019 that could facilitate your work. New this year, provide us with your input. You can fill in this short survey <> until 10 October 2018.
And for your calendar, please find below a list of key GSR 2019 Milestones:
– October/November 2018 – Round 1 Data Collection – January 2019 – Round 1 Peer Review – January/February 2019 – Round 2 Data Collection – Mach/April 2019 – Round 2 Peer Review – June 2019 – Launch of Final Report
*Identifying 1,000 Efficient Solutions: Can You Help? * <>Following the success of the first solar flight around the world, the Solar Impulse Foundation <> has initiated the second phase of its action: to select 1,000 solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way and bring them to decision makers to encourage the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies. REN21 has partnered with the Solar Impulse Foundation to help reach this goal. *The Foundation is looking for experts to volunteer a few hours* each month to assess whether the solutions brought by start-ups and by companies from all around the globe should be assigned the Efficient Solution Label.
Requirements are a least five years of experience in fields related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals that include water, energy, industry, sustainable cities, and responsible consumption/production. The experts assess the solutions against the following criteria: 1) technological feasibility; 2) environmental and socio-economic benefits; 3) economic profitability.
If you are interested in being such an expert, please contact Eleonore Vanderlande <> and mention that you heard about this opportunity through the REN21 newsletter. *Renewables** in Cities Report * <>REN21 is pleased to announce the development of a* Renewable Energy in Cities Status Report *(REC) to map out the current range of renewable energy developments in cities around the world. We plan to launch it May 2019.
The report series will consolidate data and make it visible to policy-makers and other stakeholders, both within and outside of the city environment. Similar to REN21’s *Renewables Global Status Report*, the REC Status Report will rely on a collaborative approach, building on knowledge, data, experience and work done-to-date within our community of experts as well as by the existing transnational networks such as Energy Cities, C40, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and the Covenant of Mayors. By federating this data, a more comprehensive picture of what is being done, and what can be done, can be developed. Mapping the status of renewable energy developments will also demonstrate the economic and social benefits in cities that are not yet engaged in the energy transition.
The work is being funded by the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU <>). For more information about this report series or about becoming involved in it, please contact us <>. *Being a Superhero! * <>REN21 took part in the Global Climate Action Summit <> 11-14 September in San Francisco. We co-organised an affiliate event with the California Center for the Arts, CAN-I and others like-minded stakeholders to discussed what is needed to bring renewables to scale. The all-day event looked at the role of leaders, policy, finance and innovative technologies to drive the energy transition with 100% renewables. Dr. Bertrand Picard (of Solar Impulse fame) opened the event focusing on the need for innovation and the willingness to take risks. The day ended with a rousing call for action by the Honorable Mayor Skadron, Mayor of Aspen, Colorado/USA, whose electric utility is the first in Colorado and the third in the US to be powered by 100% renewable sources. *Growing by One * <>The REN21 Secretariat is pleased to announce the addition of a new staff member. Duncan Gibbs is an engineer with degrees in renewable energy management and chemical engineering. Canadian by birth, he comes from the German Aerospace Centre (Stuttgart, Germany) where he worked on technology assessment, data analysis and characterisation of enabling technologies for integration into energy systems. Duncan will be part of the research direction team for REN21’s *Renewables Global Status Repor*t <>. He will also work on developing REN21’s work on heating and cooling. *Ready for a Change? * <>REN21 is further strengthening its research coordination team. We are looking for a finance and economics analyst to join us here at the REN21 Secretariat. The person will be part of the GSR research direction team and will help define and further develop REN21’s renewable energy reporting.
The position requires an advanced university degree in economics, finance or business, preferably with an energy specialisation and a minimum five years’ experience in applied analysis with preference in an energy context.
For more information click here <>. *Applications for the position close 14 October so don’t delay!* *Mark your Calendars* <> SACREEE <> (SADC Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency), in cooperation with REN21, will launch a *2018 SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report *as part of its official opening in* Windhoek, Namibia, mid-October 2018*. This report builds on the 2015 publication <> of the same name and details developments since then. The 2018 SADC report benefits from the contribution of national focal points from the 15 participating Member States, and like REN21’s other reports, uses formal and informal data and an open, peer review process.
The report will be available in English, French and Portuguese. We will be tweeting about the report’s release and will have it available on our website <> so stay tuned. *Interns Needed * <>REN21 is accepting applications for its autumn internship (February-August 2019). Come and learn about renewables first hand!
A full description of the requirements and responsibilities, as well as instructions for applying, are available here <>. The application process closes* 2 November 2018*. Spread the word!
*Community Management/Research Intern*
– Support REN21 in its community management activities – Carry out GSR research and data analysis – Support managing and maintaining online data collection platforms (website and questionnaire)
*Communication Intern*
– Assist with the preparation of all communication related to REN21 publications and activities – Track statistics of REN21’s digital portfolio – Provide assistance on internal REN21 IT tools (online questionnaires, peer review tool)
*News from the Network* *Economic Assessment of Large Power Photovoltaic Irrigation Systems in the ECOWAS Region* <>A research paper on the economic feasibility of large power photovoltaic (PV) irrigation systems in the ECOWAS region was recently published under the ongoing research collaboration between the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE <>) and the Universidad Politécnica De Madrid (UPM <>). The research collaboration focuses on assessing the efficient use of climate change adaptation technologies in water usages, including storm water/flood management, in sub Saharan Africa (SSA) cities.
The detailed paper evaluated the economic viability of large power PV irrigation systems in the ECOWAS region through a simulation of seven PV irrigation systems in stand-alone operation in seven countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The research looked specifically at the economic feasibility of substituting diesel-powered and grid-powered systems with PV-powered systems. The full paper can be downloaded free of charge here <> .
ECREEE <> is a member of the Global Network of Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC) and was established to support the development towards increased access to modern energy services and improved energy security across the ECOWAS Region, especially through the use of RES and EE technologies and services.
The Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE <>), a neutral multi-stakeholder platform, provides information about interesting projects and initiatives on energy for sustainable development in developing countries. *Geoscience in the Energy Transition * <>Geothermal energy is still a marginal player in the energy mix, but geoscientists will be needed as part in the energy transition. At a recent New Energy Forum <>, the Oil & Gas and Tech Industry gathered in Amsterdam to present ideas and solutions for shaping the energy transition from a geoscientific perspective. REN21 <>’s Executive Secretary Rana Adib spoke about the need to have policies in place to drive the energy transition forward. Marit Brommer, Executive Director of the IGA <>, presented on the global status of geothermal energy. She highlighted the opportunity for geothermal to become a disruptor in the renewable energy space when (1) global collaboration on reserves and resources estimation will be fully deployed (UNFC guidelines) and (2) enhanced geothermal systems will see a breakthrough. More on this topic can be read online here <> *.*

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