July 2017
Stranded assets and renewables
Assets like power plants can become “stranded” by unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluation or conversion to liabilities. This will happen to some degree in the transition to a low-carbon economy. However delaying action to address climate change would result in significantly more severe asset stranding, according to this analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This raises concerns for investors and companies, as well as policy makers and regulators.
Language:  English
Series:  Remap
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July 2017
Renewable Energy Statistics 2017
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. The Renewable Energy Statistics 2017 yearbook shows data sets on renewable power-generation capacity for 2007-2016, renewable power generation for 2007-2015 and renewable energy balances for about 100 countries and areas for 2014 and 2015. Further, it features statistics on investments in renewable energy from 18 major multi-lateral, bilateral and national development financial institutions, presented for the period 2009-2015.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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June 2017
Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Solar PV
The study highlights local value-creation opportunities and examines the human resources and skills needed along the value chain for solar photovoltaic (PV) power technologies.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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June 2017
Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Onshore Wind
The study highlights local value-creation opportunities and examines the human resources and skills needed along the value chain for onshore wind power technologies.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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June 2017
Accelerating the Energy Transition through Innovation
Technological breakthroughs are needed to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector. Even with economically viable and scalable renewable-based solutions available for around two-thirds of the world’s energy supply, population growth and rising energy demand could outpace energy decarbonisation without urgent investments in research and development (R&D).
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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June 2017
Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016
At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016, up from less than 10 in 2005. The forthcoming report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – of which this summary provides a preview – provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price discovery and market development.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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June 2017
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. Fulfilling the region’s biofuel potential would depend on increased residue collection from food crops and forest products, intensified cultivation of farmland, and reducing waste and losses in the food chain.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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