Launch event: REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2019

Renewables 2019 Global Status Report: Is the EU leading or falling behind?

REN21 produces annually the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR2019); the industry standard on the status of renewables globally. The 2019 edition (GSR2019) will be launched at EUSEW. This event will build on the results from the GSR2019 and look at the position of the EU in accelerating the renewable energy future. It will specifically discuss where integrated approaches to support the uptake are, or are not, happening and strategies that could be developed to encourage greater development.

The transformation of the energy sector can be supported and driven by many players: citizens, private business, energy consumers, policy-makers at global, national, and sub-national levels. Given the interlinking nature of energy, integrated approaches are needed across sectors and across multiple governance levels to accelerate renewable energy uptake.

To advance the energy transformation, it is crucial to create the right regulatory framework and market design, for both the energy and end-use sectors. Renewable energy policies and regulations must, therefore, align from the city level through state (or sub-regional) level up to the national level and across ministries; there should also be coherence at the end-use level, especially in the EU context. Good data and knowledge are also needed to inform decision makers about developments and processes that can support multi-level policy development and increased renewable energy uptake.

REN21 will present global and EU trends from GSR2019. Panelists from important end-use sectors and different governance levels in the EU will present obstacles and opportunities for integrated approaches. Participants will be invited to engage with the speakers by voicing their perspectives, asking questions and providing examples from different European regions and sectors.

The event is designed to be interactive. Europe will be the geographical focus with policymakers as the target audience.

RELEVANCE OF THE TOPIC

If we are to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, there needs to be a full decarbonisation of the energy sector. While the energy transition is occurring in the power sector, the heating and transport sectors lag. For example, industry presents a challenge; there are very few examples of policy support for renewables in industry because of finance risk, technology maturity and a lack of information and awareness. Cities, which account for 80% of global energy consumption, are key actors for energy transition. They, however, respond to different drivers than national or regional policymakers but need to be integrated into the debate. This lack of coherence needs to change if we are serious about climate commitments.

This expert-led debate will look at the current uptake of renewables in the EU. The debate will focus on the role of integrated approaches, how these can drive the uptake of renewables, and what strategies could be developed to encourage greater development.

 

Speakers

Head of Unit
Renewables and CCS Policy in the European Commission
Executive Secretary
Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)
Managing Director
Euroheat & Power
Energy Director
Transport & Environment
Deputy CEO
SolarPower Europe
Director for Policy & Communications
Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes
EU Affairs Manager
Energy Cities