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
  • |
  • Climate Change, Benefits
  • |
  • English

Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Onshore Wind

The series aims to support policy makers and decision makers, particularly in assessing the feasibility of procuring components and services domestically rather than from abroad.

  • June 2017
  • |
  • Benefits
  • |
  • English

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. This auctions report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price discovery and market development.

  • June 2017
  • |
  • Benefits, Finance and Investment
  • |
  • English

Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Solar PV

Renewable energy development can drive economic growth, create new jobs and enhance human health and welfare at the national level. The Leveraging Local Capacity series examines the kinds of jobs created and suggests ways to build on existing industries.

  • June 2017
  • |
  • Benefits
  • |
  • English

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...

  • June 2017
  • |
  • Benefits
  • |
  • English

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million peoplearound the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over...

  • May 2017
  • |
  • Benefits
  • |
  • English

REmap: Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future: 2016 Edition

Doubling renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 is not only feasible, but cheaper than not doing so. Economic savings would far exceed the costs. It would create more jobs, boost economic growth and save millions of lives annually through reduced air pollution. It would also, when coupled with greater energy efficiency, put the world on track to keep the rise of...

  • March 2016
  • |
  • Benefits, Climate Change
  • |
  • English

The Socio-economic Benefits of Solar and Wind Energy

With many economies facing slow growth prospects, policy makers increasingly see chances for greater income, improved trade balances, industrial development and job creation through renewable energy deployment. However, detailed evidence on these effects remains limited.

  • May 2014
  • |
  • Benefits
  • |
  • English

Renewable Energy Jobs: Status, Prospects & Policies (2012)

Noting that governments are increasingly seeking win-win solutions to the dual challenge of high unemployment and climate change and that policy-makers in many countries are now designing renewable energy policies that aim to create new jobs, build industries and benefit particular geo-graphic areas, Renewable Energy Jobs: Status, Prospects & Policies analyses the...

  • January 2012
  • |
  • Benefits, Policy
  • |
  • English