2019 REN21 Renewable Global Status Report


6This report considers evidence from 2018 which clearly indicates that renewable power is here to stay. Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are now mainstream options in the power sector, but current trends show that bolder policy decisions are needed across all sectors of energy end-use to make our energy systems sustainable. The lack of ambitious and sustained policies to drive decarbonisation in the heating, cooling and transport sectors means that countries are not maximising the benefits of the transition – including cleaner air and energy security – for their populations. Data in this year’s report clearly illustrates that ambitious policy and regulatory frameworks are needed to create favourable and competitive conditions, allowing renewable energy to grow and displace more expensive and carbon-emitting fuels including in cities which increasingly are strong drivers in renewable energy deployment.