Geothermal power: Technology brief

Geothermal power is generated from underground heat. Found around the globe and available year-round, this largely untapped renewable energy source offers the advantage of steady, predictable large-scale power generation, in comparison to the higher variability of solar and wind power.

  • August 2017
  • |
  • Heating and Cooling, Innovation
  • |
  • English

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million peoplearound the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over...

  • May 2017
  • |
  • Benefits
  • |
  • English

Renewable Capacity Statistics 2017

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents renewable power generation capacity statistics for the last decade (2007-2016) in trilingual tables

  • March 2017
  • |
  • Statistics
  • |
  • English

Renewable energy in district heating and cooling: A sector roadmap for Remap

District heating and cooling (DHC) combined with renewable energy sources can help meet rising urban energy needs, improve efficiency, reduce emissions and improve local air quality. Although currently dominated by fossil fuels such as coal and gas, DHC systems can be upgraded, or new networks created, to use solid biofuel, solar and geothermal energy technologies. 

  • March 2017
  • |
  • Energy Transition, Heating and Cooling
  • |
  • English

Cost-competitive renewable power generation: Potential across South East Europe

Renewable energy has long been used in South East Europe, whether as fuelwood for heating or in the form of hydroelectric power generation.

  • January 2017
  • |
  • Costs
  • |
  • English

Planning for the renewable future: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies

Ambitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress have prompted countries around the world to turn increasingly renewable energy to expand their power infrastructure. However, the variability of solar and wind energy – two key sources for renewable power generation – presents new challenges.

  • January 2017
  • |
  • Energy Transition, Power
  • |
  • English

REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation

Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the global energy transformation. Increasingly, renewables have become the first choice for expanding, upgrading and modernising power systems around the world.

  • January 2017
  • |
  • Energy Transition, Climate Change
  • |
  • English

The UMEME Framework for NDC Implementation: Advancing renewable energy in Africa together with national climate plans

The historic Paris climate agreement, adopted by countries around the world in December 2015, aims to the rise of global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius. Renewable energy will play a key role in this effort, which encompasses developing as well as developed countries, by increasing the supply of cheap and accessible energy in a less carbon-intensive manner.

  • November 2016
  • |
  • Climate Change
  • |
  • English

A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands, 3rd Edition

This report highlights the role of islands in global efforts against climate change. It highlights transitions to renewables in the power, including planning and implementation, enabling business models and transition tools.

  • November 2016
  • |
  • English

Renewable Energy in Cities

This report explores potential for urban communities to scale-up renewables by 2030, based on estimated energy use 3,649 cities around the world. By highlighting the best practices, it examines the policies and technologies by which cities can bring about a renewable energy future.

  • October 2016
  • |
  • Heating and Cooling, Transport
  • |
  • English