Status and perspectives for renewable energy development

The dena study ‘Status and perspectives for renewable energy development in the UNECE region’ provides an analysis of the renewable energy markets in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region with practical recommendations for the implementation of policies for the successful promotion of renewable energy sources. The study is undertaken as part of the UNECE RE-Uptake 2021 project, which is jointly undertaken by dena, REN21, and the UNECE, and in close cooperation with, and commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


This is the challenge:

The member states of the UNECE are not only different in terms of their language, culture and geographical location, but also in regard to their energy systems. While some member states have already achieved very high shares of renewable energy in their energy mix, others are still at the beginning of this development. The majority of member states wish to accelerate the expansion and adoption of renewable energies, but face many challenges and obstacles. While some of these challenges are distinct, many are shared across the region. Access to information about successful instruments and approaches in other UNECE countries provides great value across the whole region and to all nations at all stages of their energy transitions.


What we are doing:

The study ‘Status and perspectives for renewable energies in the UNECE region’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the energy market structures and support mechanisms for renewable energies in the UNECE member states. Included is the analysis of successful policy approaches for the expansion of renewable energies undertaken in close cooperation with regional energy experts and actors from politics, business and international organisations. The analysis provides decision-makers in the UNECE region with access to information on common obstacles and effective measures and instruments. The first dena UNECE study was undertaken in 201X. The 2021 study will update and build upon the most recent report, taking into account progress and developments in the region and general energy transition.

The overall outcome:

The study gives relevant actors in the UNECE member states access to essential information on the structures and developments of regional markets and support mechanisms for renewable energy. Energy system actors and other stakeholders, both national and international, can draw on the accumulated and consolidated wealth of experience that other member states have acquired in the expansion of renewable energies, prepared in a suitably analytic form. The dena study therefore contributes to removing factors that obstruct the transition to a sustainable and clean energy supply system.

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Director, Renewable Energies and Innovation in the Energy Transition

Andreas Ebner


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