06 Tracking the Global Energy Transition

A DECADE OF UNPRECEDENTED MOMENTUM FOR RENEWABLES

Christine Lins (Executive Secretary of REN21) Hannah Murdock (REN21 Secretariat)

The evolution of renewable energy over the past decade has surpassed all expectations. Global installed capacity and production from all renewable technologies have increased substantially, and supporting policies have continued to spread to more countries in all regions of the world.

REN21 was the first international organisation to begin tracking renewable energy development after its founding in 2004, and it has continued to provide the most comprehensive global outlook on the state of renewables each year. The REN21 Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) has become increasingly comprehensive during the past decade as the landscape of renewable energy has become ever-more complex. While the first GSR was written by a single person with input from a small network of experts, today it draws on an international network of over 500 people, who participate collaboratively in its production.

REN21's 10th anniversary this year provides the opportunity to reflect on the remarkable advances of renewable energy technologies over the past decade and to consider their promise for the future.