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      Critical Materials For The Energy Transition: Lithium

      This paper discusses the global lithium industry structure and major players while reflecting on current costs changes and their further implications, the role of the governments could play to de-risk lithium supply and the opportunities innovation can play in reducing demand growth.

      Technical papers Publications Collaborative Frameworks CF Critical Materials Energy transition Critical materials Technology
    • Critical Materials For The Energy Transition: Rare Earth elements

      The technical paper on Critical Materials for the Energy Transition emphasises that an accelerated energy transition requires a growing supply of critical materials, with Chapter 7 of the IRENA’s World Energy Transition Outlook 2022 further elaborating on these materials. IRENA continues to publish technical papers on groups of critical materials: the first one focuses on lithium and this second paper focuses on rare earth elements.

      Technical papers Publications Collaborative Frameworks CF Critical Materials Energy transition Critical materials Technology
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      Critical Materials For The Energy Transition

      This paper will assess how the growth of renewables will put critical materials at the centre of the energy transformation, with the objective of highlighting the criticalities related to the sector and of identifying how technological developments and innovation can positively reduce geopolitical risks.

      Technical papers Publications Collaborative Frameworks CF Critical Materials Energy transition Critical materials Technology
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015

      Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this second edition, IRENA estimates that renewable energy employed 7.7 million people, directly or indirectly, around the world in 2014 (excluding large hydropower).

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2020

      IRENA's annual jobs review confirms long-term growth trend; strong policy action essential to ensure continued employment expansion in the COVID-19 era.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact Macro-economic benefits Socio-economic impact
    • Post-COVID recovery: An agenda for resilience, development and equality

      Energy transition investments in the wake of COVID-19 can pave the way for equitable, inclusive and resilient economies.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Global Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Finance & investment Energy transition in end uses Policy Macro-economic benefits Socio-economic impact
    • Wind energy: A gender perspective

      Based on a survey across the industry, this study tracks women’s employment, gender policies and perceptions of gender bias throughout the wind energy value chain.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Wind energy Technology Gender Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016

      Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this third edition, IRENA estimates that renewable energy employed 8.1 million people around the world in 2015 (excluding large hydropower). This is a 5% increase from the number reported the previous year. In addition, IRENA conducted a second global estimate of large hydropower employment, showing approximately 1.3 million direct jobs in the sector.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy Jobs: Status, Prospects & Policies

      With governments seeking win-win solutions to the dual challenge of high unemployment and climate change, policy makers in many countries are designing renewable energy policies that aim to create new jobs, build industries and benefit particular geo-graphic areas.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy Jobs & Access - Case studies (2012)

      These local case studies were prepared by IRENA in cooperation with the organisations described. They intend to explore the employment dimension of renewable energy development and deployment in rural areas in the developing world. 

      Publications Data Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy Jobs and Access (2012)

      This report is among the first to delve into the topic of job creation in the context of rural access to energy. It presents twelve first-hand case studies which cover a range of activities, including support for the sale, installation and maintenance of small solar systems, small-scale production of improved cooking stoves, investment and training in small hydropower plants,advice to business start-ups and marketing and networking for producers.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014

      In 2013, approximately 6.5 million people were employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide, according to this update on employment in the sector from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014 underlines the important role that renewables play in employment creation and growth in the global economy.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Geopolitics of the Energy Transition: Critical Materials

      Geopolitics of the energy transition: Critical materials provides comprehensive insights into the significance of critical materials, examining their associated geopolitical implications and offering recommendations for a sustainable and efficient global energy transition.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Geopolitics Geopolitics Energy transition
    • The changing role of hydropower: Challenges and opportunities

      This report is aimed at policy makers and hydropower practitioners to raise awareness among IRENA stakeholders regarding hydropower’s perceived challenges and needs, and to serve as a catalyst for debate in the context of IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on Hydropower.

      Publications Reports CF Hydropower Collaborative Frameworks Hydrogen
    • Scaling up investments in ocean energy technologies

      This brief from the Collaborative Framework for Ocean Energy Technologies and Offshore Renewables provides options for scaling up investments in ocean energy, focusing on tidal stream and wave energy technologies.

      Publications Reports CF Offshore Renewables Collaborative Frameworks Energy transition Ocean
    • Renewable energy and jobs: Annual review 2023

      This tenth edition of IRENA’s Renewable energy and jobs: Annual review, provides the latest data on renewable energy employment worldwide, as well as analysis of prevailing deployment trends and policy contexts.

      Publications Reports CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Collaborative Frameworks Energy transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2019

      The sixth edition of the series highlights employment trends in renewables worldwide, noting increasing diversification of the supply chain.      

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective

      This report examines the question of gender equity throughout sector. Building on a ground-breaking survey, it finds that much remains to be done to boost women’s participation and allow talents to be fully utilised.  

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Gender Socio-economic impact
    • A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation

      This Commission Report analyses the geopolitical implications of the accelerating global shift to renewables. It is the culmination of deliberations by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation. 

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Geopolitics Geopolitics
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2021

      This Special Edition of the report on Labour and Policy Perspectives, in collaboration with the ILO, presents the status of employment in 2020 and discusses the policy framework required for a just transition.

      Publications Reports CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Collaborative Frameworks Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact Macro-economic benefits Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2018

      Renewable energy jobs grew 5.3% in 2017, with the total surpassing 10 million worldwide. IRENA's annual review presents the status of employment by technology and in selected countries.

      Publications Reports Collaborative Frameworks CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact
    • Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review 2022

      This report provides the latest estimates of renewable energy employment globally.

      Publications CF Just & Inclusive Energy Transition Collaborative Frameworks Socio-economic impact Energy transition Energy & jobs
    • World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C Pathway

      This report guides policy makers to stay on the the 1.5°C path to 2050, explores the socio-economic impacts of the transition and suggests ways to speed progress towards universal access to clean energy.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Global Climate Action Collaborative Frameworks CF Critical Materials Energy transition Off-grid for energy access Targets & NDCs Policy Carbon capture Critical materials
    • Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation: The Hydrogen Factor

      The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the geopolitical drivers and potential consequences of the development of clean hydrogen value chains.

      Publications Reports CF Geopolitics Climate Action Collaborative Frameworks Geopolitics Hydrogen Technology Green hydrogen Policy
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