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    • Doubling the Global Share of Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to 2030

      IRENA’s working paper, Doubling the Global Share of Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to 2030, outlines the proposed process, and progress to date, of REMAP 2030 – IRENA’s global roadmap for policies and actions to double the share of renewable energy by 2030.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Energy transition
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Senegal

      Senegal is very committed to renewables, with an articulated institutional and policy framework. It is one of the first countries to pass a renewable energy law in West Africa. Senegal is home to the first Solar PV module manufacturing in West Africa, with a yearly capacity of 25 MW.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Mozambique

      Mozambique is developing many new hydro projects and also has good wind potential. It is conducting ground assessment to better measure this potential. The Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique offers renewable energy studies in a number of graduate level courses, which has helped provide expertise to many energy-related government department and agencies.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Mauritania

      Mauritania possesses significant renewable energy resources, which could be developed to strengthen the economy and improve access to energy. Solar and wind energy technologies are well suited for integration into the country’s existing network of mini-grids, according to this Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Ghana

      Ghana has one of Africa’s highest rates of access to electricity. In 2014 this was estimated at 72%, with over 87% in urban areas and nearly 50% in rural areas. The country also exports power to its neighbours, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso. The Ghanaian power industry is unbundled, comprising generation utilities, transmission and distribution companies, and independent power producers.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Djibouti

      Djibouti faces critical challenges with power generation and distribution. Heavy reliance on fossil-fuel imports keeps the country exposed to price volatility, constraining economic development plans. But significant geothermal, wind and solar energy resources could be developed to extend reliable electricity supply throughout the country, meeting the twin concerns of energy access and energy security.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • Geothermal development in Eastern Africa

      The East African Rift region holds significant geothermal potential. This report offers recommendations to fast-track regional geothermal energy development.

      Publications Reports Geothermal energy Technology Local value creation Socio-economic impact
    • A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands, 3rd Edition

      This report highlights the role of islands in global efforts against climate change. It highlights transitions to renewables in the power, including planning and implementation, enabling business models and transition tools.

      Publications Reports Technology & infrastructure Technology SIDS Lighthouses
    • The UMEME Framework for NDC Implementation: Advancing renewable energy in Africa together with national climate plans

      The historic Paris climate agreement, adopted by countries around the world in December 2015, aims to the rise of global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius. Renewable energy will play a key role in this effort, which encompasses developing as well as developed countries, by increasing the supply of cheap and accessible energy in a less carbon-intensive manner.

      Publications Reports Climate Action Targets & NDCs Policy
    • Renewable Energy Benefits: Decentralised solutions in the agri-food chain

      The number of people without access to electricity is estimated at more than a billion, while almost 2.9 billion still rely on traditional, unsustainable biomass sources such as firewood for cooking and heating. About 80% of those lacking modern energy access live in rural areas, which also host more than 70% of the world’s poor.

      Publications Reports Socio-economic impact Off-grid for energy access
    • Renewable Energy in Cities

      This report explores potential for urban communities to scale-up renewables by 2030, based on estimated energy use 3,649 cities around the world. By highlighting the best practices, it examines the policies and technologies by which cities can bring about a renewable energy future.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Buildings & cities Technology Renewable energy for cities Policy
    • Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production

      This field guide presents various methodologies for estimating biogas capacity, production and consumption. Such information can be integrated into national censuses, household surveys and energy surveys.

      Publications Reports Guidelines Statistics Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Swaziland

      A Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) identifies the actions needed to overcome a country’s barriers to renewable energy deployment, with IRENA providing technical support and expertise to facilitate consultations among different national stakeholders.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Energy transition
    • Planning and prospects for renewable power: North Africa

      This report shows the importance of regional coordination in long-term planning, by showcasing collective opportunities for North African countries to diversify their electricity generation mixes and reduce their reliance on fossil fuel resources by 2040.

      Publications Reports Planning Long term energy planning
    • Scaling up renewable energy investments in West Africa

      This brief identifies key recommendations and subsequent action points for scaling up renewable energy investments in West Africa, covering various policy, financial and technical dimensions, and emphasising the immense opportunities and advantages that renewable energy can bring to the region.

      Publications Reports Energy transition Coalition for Action
    • Sugarcane bioenergy in Southern Africa: Economic potential for sustainable scale-up

      This study reviews the bioenergy potential from sugarcane and associated development costs in seven sugar-producing countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), aiming to provide a foundation for more detailed country-level studies exploring practical potential.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Socio-economic footprint of the energy transition: South Africa

      This report builds on the analysis presented in IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook to support energy transition planning and informed policy making in South Africa, and calls for a comprehensive policy framework that can advance the transition whilst safeguarding people, livelihoods and jobs.

      Publications Reports Energy transition Socio-economic impact
    • Renewables Readiness Assessment: Botswana

      The RRA report presents clear and practical steps to maximise the country’s use of renewables in driving sustainable socio-economic growth.

      Publications Reports Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) Targets & NDCs Policy Energy transition in end uses Policy Electrification Innovation
    • Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A collection of good practices

      This collection aims to provide a reference for policy makers and practitioners working to scale up bioenergy in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Energy, agriculture, forestry, environment, finance and business experts all seek for solutions to provide energy and also enhance food security, social welfare and environmental sustainability.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Bioenergy Policy
    • Planning and prospects for renewable power: Eastern and Southern Africa

      East and Southern African countries possess vast potential for renewable energy development. This report assesses the prospects for the power sector in the countries of the ACEC through 2040.

      Publications Reports Long term energy planning Planning Energy models and tools Planning Power system operation Planning Targets & NDCs Policy
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