Webinar on the Renewables Global Futures Report 2013

On Wed 27 Feb. 2013 at 9:00pm UTC/GMT a webinar is conducted together with the lead author Eric Martinot.

IGA's REN Alliance partner ISES (International Solar Energy Society) is pleased to invite you to participate in an upcoming webinar to take place on 27 February 2013 at 9:00 pm UTC/GMT. During this webinar, the lead author of the recently released REN-21 Renewables Global Futures Report 2013 (GFR 2013), Dr. Eric Martinot will present important findings of the report and answer questions from the participants.

To register and obtain further information kindly visit the following website: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1537062628246376448

About the Renewables Global Futures Report 2013
GFR-2013 asks the question "What is our current thinking about the future of renewable energy". Dr. Martinot conducted a series of interviews with experts from throughout the world (including a number of ISES members) to get their views on all aspects of renewable energy development, and how they see this development progressing over the next 30-50 years.

The future of renewable energy is fundamentally a choice, not a foregone conclusion given technology and economic trends. The new REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report illuminates that choice by showing the range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy. The report is not one scenario or viewpoint, but a synthesis of the contemporary thinking of many, as compiled from 170 interviews with leading experts from around the world, including CEOs and parliamentarians, and from 50 recently published energy scenarios by a range of organizations. Conservative projections show 15-20% global energy shares from renewables in the long-term to 2030 and 2050, about the same as the current share. High-renewables projections show shares in the 50-95% range. A range of integration options for electric power grids, buildings, industry, and transport are possible. Annual investment in renewable energy rose from $40 billion in 2004 to over $260 billion today, and several projections reach to $500 billion by 2020 and beyond. Strong future growth in national markets is projected from a range of policies and targets, with cases for the US, EU, Japan, China, and India, and further discussion of developing countries. Projections for global technology markets show cost reductions, technology evolution possibilities, and multi-fold capacity increases. A series of "Great Debates" throughout the report frame current issues.

About Eric Martinot
Dr. Eric Martinot is an internationally recognized scholar, writer, and teacher on the subject of renewable energy. He is report author of the just-released REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, and was lead author until 2010 of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis that he first created in 2005. He currently serves as senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo and teaching fellow with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He also maintains research affiliations with the Worldwatch Institute and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, and is an editorial board member for the journal Energy Policy. He lived in Beijing for three years as senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, and was formerly senior energy specialist with the World Bank, renewable energy program manager with the Global Environment Facility, and adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. He has written 70 publications on renewable and sustainable energy since 1990, and holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources (1995) from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1984) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.