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Renewables 2023 Global Status Report collection, Renewables in Energy Demand
Published in
June 2023
A lot has changed in a decade.

The past ten years have brought significant shifts in the renewable energy landscape. Renewables, once an emerging trend, have become a global necessity. Decision-makers are finally acknowledging that a world fully energized by renewables is not only desirable but essential to bringing about prosperous economies, sustainable societies, and equitable human development.

This report presents the first modules of the eight-piece Renewables 2023 Global Status Report (GSR) Collection. The Energy Demand modules on Buildings, Industry, Transport, and Agriculture are a testament to the crucial role that energy-consuming sectors play in driving the transition to renewable energy. They underscore the importance of looking beyond the supply side and installed capacities and recognizing that accelerating the demand for renewables across these four sectors is critical. Without substantive progress on the demand side, it will be impossible to achieve the structural transformations needed to shift to a renewable-based energy system, economy, and society.

With this report, REN21 continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the transition to sustainable energy sources and in bridging the gap between (renewable) energy supply and demand. The findings presented in the GSR Energy Demand modules represent an important step forward in understanding the full potential of renewables in meeting the world's energy needs, as well as the persisting barriers.

Renewables are the only energy sources compatible with the vision to “leave no one behind”. Demand sectors are steadily discovering that clean, affordable, secure, and accessible energy is key to leveraging for impact. For the first time, the world is using renewable energy solutions to overcome multiple global challenges simultaneously: economic instability, unprecedented energy crises, threats to peace and democracy, and the devastating socio-economic consequences of a global pandemic. We need to harness the political momentum to accelerate this transition.

We must build on each other to ensure that renewables are never left out of sustainable development conversations. We must make 2023 the year of renewables.

REN21, in its role as a knowledge broker for the renewable energy sector, is ambitiously spearheading this global wave of change. Our goal is to amplify the voices of the multi-stakeholder community that we proudly represent. The GSR Energy Demand modules represent a collective effort of hundreds of collaborators who have worked meticulously to paint an accurate picture of renewables today.

I extend heartfelt thanks to the REN21 team, authors, special advisors, and contributors who have brought their knowledge, time, and dedication to producing this report. Your insights, passion, and commitment have been instrumental in making the GSR Energy Demand modules a reality. I am confident that this report will serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, industry leaders, and other stakeholders to inform decision-making and drive the transition to a sustainable future for all a future powered by renewable energy.