Climate change and renewable energy

Japan, holding the G20 presidency in 2019, asked the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for a report on the implications of the global energy transformation for climate and sustainability in a broad sense.

  • June 2019
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  • Climate Change, Policy
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  • English

Global energy transformation: A roadmap to 2050 (2019 edition)

Increased use of renewable energy, combined with intensified electrification, could prove decisive for the world to meet key climate goals by 2050.

  • April 2019
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  • Energy Transition, Climate Change
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  • English

Sustainable pastureland intensification: Making room for energy crops without harming biodiversity

This working paper reviews approaches to sustainable intensification of pastureland that have had a neutral or positive effect on biodiversity of the affected areas and provides examples through case studies. 

  • March 2019
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  • Climate Change
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  • English

Bioenergy from boreal forests: Swedish approach to sustainable wood use

Active forest management has helped to boost bioenergy resources. Swedish experience offers valuable lessons for emerging markets.

  • March 2019
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  • Energy Transition, Climate Change
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  • English
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  • Sweden

NDCs update December 2018

Renewable energy in national climate action

Updates to IRENA’s 2017 analysis of the renewable energy components of NDCs

  • December 2018
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  • Climate Change, Policy
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  • English

GET 2018

Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050 (2018 edition)

Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to start meeting key decarbonisation and climate mitigation goals. Yet the envisaged energy transformation cannot happen by itself. This report identifies focus areas where policy and decision makers need to act.

  • April 2018
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  • Energy Transition, Benefits
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  • English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish

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

Untapped potential for climate action: NDC

Untapped potential for climate action: Renewable energy in Nationally Determined Contributions

IRENA has analysed climate pledges under the Paris Agreement in relation to national energy plans and actual deployment trends. In many cases, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) have not kept up with recent, rapid growth in renewables.

  • November 2017
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  • Climate Change, Energy Transition
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  • English

Perspectives for the energy transition: Investment needs for a low-carbon energy system

This joint study looks at the potential for decarbonisation in the energy sector in G20 countries and around the world. Chapter 3, “Global Energy Transition Prospects and the Role of Renewables”, highlights findings from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • March 2017
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  • Climate Change, Energy Transition
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  • English