Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector: Key lessons and recommendations

This publication aims to increase awareness, share experiences and lessons, and provide recommendations for expanding geothermal heat use in the agri-food sector. The analysis in this document suggests the following six broad critical factors.

  • January 2019
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Energy Transition
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  • English

Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A collection of good practices

This collection aims to provide a reference for policy makers and practitioners working to scale up bioenergy in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Energy, agriculture, forestry, environment, finance and business experts all seek for solutions to provide energy and also enhance food security, social welfare and environmental sustainability.

  • January 2019
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  • Benefits, Off-grid for Energy Access
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  • English

Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Case studies prepared by IRENA in collaboration with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) review crucial aspects of the urban energy transition.

  • December 2018
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  • Benefits, Transport
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  • English
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  • Argentina, Australia

Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging local capacity for offshore wind

Offshore wind projects create ample opportunities for local value creation. This report examines how income and jobs can be maximised by leveraging existing economic activities and building upon domestic supply chains.

  • May 2018
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  • Benefits
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Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2018

Renewable energy jobs grew 5.3% in 2017, with the total surpassing 10 million worldwide. IRENA's annual review presents the status of employment by technology and in selected countries.

  • May 2018
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Biogas for Domestic Cooking: Technology brief

This technology brief provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers, and offers insights for policy makers on biogas for domestic cooking.   

  • December 2017
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  • Benefits, Innovation
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  • English

Turning to renewables: Climate-safe energy solutions

This set of briefs, prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), highlights challenges and opportunities as the world seeks climate-safe energy solutions.

  • November 2017
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  • Climate Change, Benefits
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  • English

Synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency

This working paper considers how renewables and energy efficiency can work together to contribute to global energy decarbonisation by 2050. It also looks and how this synergy affects energy system and technology cost, and the effect it has on air pollution and avoidance of adverse health effects caused by these pollutants.

  • August 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Benefits
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  • English

Biofuel potential in Southeast Asia: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues

Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. This report offers detailed estimates of biomass resource potential for Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. According to an IRENA assessment, advanced biofuels could...

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits
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Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Onshore Wind

The series aims to support policy makers and decision makers, particularly in assessing the feasibility of procuring components and services domestically rather than from abroad.  According to the analysis, the sector could support 26 million jobs worldwide by 2050, given sufficient deployment of renewables and energy efficiency to meet the goals laid out in the 2015...

  • June 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English