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The Renewable Route to Sustainable Transport: A working paper based on REmap

This working paper draws on engagement with a Transport Action Team of experts and expands on the transport-related findings published in IRENA’s report REmap: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future, 2016 Edition.


Energy use in transport accounts for around one-third of global final energy consumption, and demand is growing rapidly, at about 1% annually. Transport has the lowest renewable energy share of any sector, making progress in this area crucial for the global transition to a sustainable energy system.

Recognising the sector’s importance, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) put together a Transport Action Team consisting of more than 200 experts from private companies, academic institutions, government and international organisations.

This working paper, drawing on engagement with those experts, expands on the transport findings published in IRENA’s report REmap: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future, 2016 Edition. REmap – IRENA’s roadmap for a renewable energy future – examines ways to scale up renewables in the global energy mix. The global roadmap identifies significant renewable energy potential in the transport sector.

The paper also proposes an action agenda to help boost renewable energy use in transport and improve the overall sustainability of the sector.

The REmap Transport Action Team is an ongoing effort. To learn more or take part, please email For more information about IRENA’s REmap programme, see