Turning to renewables: Climate-safe energy solutions

This set of briefs, prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), highlights challenges and opportunities as the world seeks climate-safe energy solutions.

  • November 2017
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  • Climate Change, Benefits
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  • English

SIDS Lighthouses quickscan report

SIDS Lighthouses quickscan: Interim report

This interim report highlights the advantages and benefits of renewables for islands, explains the quickscan methodology and presents quickscan findings from multiple SIDS and other islands.

  • November 2017
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  • Islands, Climate Change
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  • English
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  • Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas

Biofuels potential in Sub-Saharan Africa

Biofuel potential in Sub-Saharan Africa: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues

This report offers detailed estimates of the biomass resource potential in Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. With conversion to advanced liquid biofuels, sustainable biomass feedstock could potentially meet or exceed the five countries’ combined fuel needs for transport in 2050, according IRENA estimates. 

  • November 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Transport
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  • English
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  • Ghana, Mozambique

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Electricity storage and renewables: Costs and markets to 2030

Battery electricity storage is a key technology in the world’s transition to a sustainable energy system. Battery systems can support a wide range of services needed for the transition, from providing frequency response, reserve capacity, black-start capability and other grid services, to storing power in electric vehicles, upgrading mini-grids and supporting...

  • October 2017
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  • Power, Costs
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  • English

Synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency

Energy-related emissions represent two-thirds of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Immediate action is needed to start putting the world on a path to net-zero emissions, as per the Paris Agreement.

  • August 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English

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...

  • July 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Finance and Investment
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  • English

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). 

  • June 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Innovation
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  • English

Renewable Energy Prospects for India (REmap working paper)

India is one of the most dynamic and vibrant markets in the world for renewable energy. This key emerging market, home to 16% of the global population in 2017, is poised for some of the fastest energy demand growth over the coming decades. Development of renewables is happening on many fronts, from on-the-ground innovation and technological breakthroughs to policy measures at...

  • May 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English
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  • India

Adapting Market Design to High Shares of Variable Renewable Energy

Liberalised electricity markets require timely adaptation to support higher shares of variable renewable (solar and wind) energy and distributed power generation. This study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) presents the latest knowledge on the adaptation process for such markets, aiming to inform policy makers, regulators and system operators on the...

  • May 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English

Renewable Energy Prospects for the Russian Federation (REmap working paper)

The Russian Federation has set out to increase and diversify its use of renewables, particularly for power generation. Under current plans and policies, renewables would reach nearly 5% of total final energy consumption by 2030.

  • April 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English, Russian
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  • Russian Federation