press release, Berlin

dena study: majority of UNECE countries committed to renewable energy

dena analyses status of energy transition in 56 member states / regional development highly diverse / practical guidelines support UNECE countries in future use of support mechanisms and political instruments

The large majority of the 56 member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have now taken steps to expand their use of renewable energy. As a result, the capacity of installations generating electricity from renewable energy sources increased to 869 gigawatts in 2016 – almost half of the world's total. However, this increase has not occurred to the same extent in all member states. This is revealed in a joint study by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency – and the UNECE's Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE), which provides an analysis of the status of energy transition in the countries within the UNECE region.

According to the study, 43 countries have a premium plan or feed-in remuneration in place to speed up the development of renewable energy. In addition, 44 countries provide subsidies or tax and investment incentives. However, among the UNECE countries there are considerable differences when it comes to supporting renewable energy. This is evident from the current capacity of installations and the rate of recent expansion.