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Support to the expansion of global network activities of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to Executive Agencies and will be implemented by the Commission services.

This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 195(e) of the Financial Regulation, Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1046/2018 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013

With 162 countries with renewable energy targets in place, renewable energy deployment is rapidly expanding across the world. In the electricity sector, renewables account for two-thirds of global investments in power generation and more than 45 countries have exceeded 1 GW of renewable power generation capacity. In other markets, renewable energy technologies are now provide the lowest-cost power generation option. The uptake of renewable energy in heating, cooling and transport is much slower, yet is necessary to achieve the Paris agreement targets.

Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has been collecting, consolidating and synthesising peer-reviewed data on renewable energy deployment since 2004, which is published annually in its Global Status Report. The findings of this report provide a useful data source to position EU’s development in a global context. With the arrival of the International Renewable Energy Agency, REN21 has shifted away from collecting official statistics to the collection of ‘real-time’ market and project developments within specific industries and at local level.

With the growth of the renewables market across the globe, REN21 activities to collect the latest developments across the world have been expanding. Furthermore, REN21 is considering new tools and method to distribute data and information on renewables deployment at local level, e.g. through the establishment of local networks of online collaborators

The proposed activities build on that capability and aim to enhance REN21’s analytical and data-related capacity to inform EU’s global engagement and enhance the global energy debate by:

  • Expansion of its global network activities, especially in emerging renewable energy markets and sectors;
  • Strengthening the outreach and engagement activities, with a particular focus on engaging citizens;
  • Organise workshops, debates and online tools to support informed decision-making, by providing high quality, up-to-date information to help shape the energy debate;
  • Support training and capacity building, targeting young leaders and entrepreneurs operating in renewable energy markets.