First released in 2005, REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) has grown to become a truely collaborative effort of over 500 authors, contributors and reviewers, and is today the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy market, industry and policy trends. It provides testimony to the undeterred growth of electricity, heat, and fuel production capacities from renewable energy sources, including solar PV, wind power, solar hot water/heating, biofuels, hydropower, and geothermal.
This latest Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy development worldwide. 2012 saw:
> a shift in investment patterns that led to a global decrease in clean energy investment
> continuing growth in installed capacity due to significant technology cost reductions and increased investment in developing countries.
> renewables progressively supplementing established electricity systems, demonstrating that the implementation of suitable policies can enable the successful integration of higher shares of variable renewables.
> the emergence of integrated policy approaches that link energy efficiency measures with the implementation of renewable energy technologies.