REmap 2030 – A Renewable Energy Roadmap

REmap 2030 provides a plan to double the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix between 2010 and 2030. It determines the realistic potential for countries, regions and the world to scale up renewables in order to ensure a sustainable energy future. REmap 2030 is the first study of worldwide renewable energy potential assembled from the bottom up, starting with separate country analyses and then aggregating the results to arrive at global picture.

The roadmap focuses not just on renewable electricity, but also renewable technology options in the end-use sectors of buildings, transport and industry. The analysis encompasses 26 countries representing three-quarters of current energy demand. In determining the potential to scale up renewables, the study not only focuses on technologies, but also on the availability of financing, political will, skills, and the role of planning.

Some of the key findings include:

  • The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30% by 2030. The technologies are already available today to achieve this objective. Energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix to as much as 36%.
  • Business-as-usual will only result in an increase of this share from 18% in 2010 to 21% by 2030.
  • As the use of traditional biomass decreases, the share of modern renewables will more than triple. As energy demand continues to grow, this requires a quadrupling of modern renewables in absolute terms.
  • Renewables growth needs to take place across all four sectors of energy use: buildings, transport, industry, and electricity.
  • Transitioning towards renewable energy is possible at negligible additional cost. The economic case for the renewable energy transition is even stronger when we include socio-economic benefits - with these factors are taken into account, switching to renewable energy results in savings of up to USD 740 billion per year by 2030.
  • The analysis shows that the deployment of renewable energy can reduce annual CO2 emissions by 8.6 Gt by 2030. Such emissions savings, combined with energy-efficiency gains, would be sufficient to set the world on a path to preventing catastrophic climate change.
Global and Sectoral REmap Reports
Download full report Download Summary
of Findings
Arabic [عربي], Chinese [中文],
English, Español, Français)
Download Q&A

Download Renewable energy
in manufacturing

(Report; Background Paper)
Download Global Bioenergy
Working Paper: Supply and
Demand Projections
Download Renewables
and Electricity Storage
Country and Regional REmap Reports
Download Africa 2030 Download Renewable Energy Prospects: China
(Report: English,Chinese [中文]);
Executive Summary: Chinese [中文],
Download Renewable Energy 
Prospects: Germany
Executive Summary: English, Deutsch)
Download Renewable Energy 
Prospects: Mexico
(Report; Executive Summary)
Download Renewable Energy 
Prospects:Poland, Background Paper 
(English; Polish [polska wersja językowa])
Download Renewable Energy 
Prospects: UAE
(Report; Executive Summary)
Download Renewable Energy 
Prospects: USA
(Report; Executive Summary)
REmap Action Teams

IRENA has created three REmap Action Teams with interested countries and other stakeholders to work under the REmap 2030 umbrella toward a transformative impact on the deployment of renewables. Two of these Action Teams are on substantive themes with one focusing on the synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency and another focused on sustainable transport technologies. The third team focuses on facilitating SE4All renewable energy hub initiatives.

More information and reports can be found on the following pages:

Download Synergies Between Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Paper

REmap 2030 is a roadmap that explores a doubling of the global renewable energy share by the end of the next decade.

REmap 2030 demonstrates possible pathways for countries, regions and sectors to double the share of renewables globally by 2030, identify and characterise technology options to meet the objective, and suggest opportunities for international cooperation to realise this vision. REmap 2030 reflects collaborative efforts with regions, countries and other stakeholders. It will remain a living document, to be continually expanded and updated in years to come.

The analysis for REmap 2030 takes place across two parallel tracks:

  • Country-based analyses of technology development, infrastructure investment needs, cost reduction potential, and policies, conducted with national REmap experts in 26 countries representing around 75% of world energy consumption in 2030; additional countries are to join the process in 2014/2015
  • Sector-based technology roadmaps based on stakeholder workshops and research in key sectors of energy consumption. IRENA is working in five thematic areas: bioenergy; cities; electricity storage; global manufacturing; and grid integration.

REmap countries

Dark green: original REmap countries
Light green: new countries added in 2014/2015

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