The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future. Rethinking Energy: the flagship report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), examines trends and developments in the global quest for a sustainable energy future.

This edition of the report presents evidence and a compelling narrative of the transformation and how renewable energy is produced and used in line with the SDG7- “Access to affordable, renewable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.

It details the status and outlook of renewable energy, the integration and distribution of a range of renewable energy into the power sector, recent trends in renewable energy investment, financial investment and business models, overview of renewable energy technologies, and renewable energy and the SDGs.

The publication highlights how renewables connect to SDGs which is aimed at environmental sustainability by mitigating the local and global environmental impact of energy consumption, how they support human development by facilitating access to basic services, improving human health and supporting income generation activities.

The report is comprehensive, well-structured with pictorial representations and facts, and a good reference material for any renewable energy study, this work has confirmed that the future of energy is the renewable and that this sustainable development goal- renewable energy should be paid special attention to.

AUTHOR: Rabia Ferroukhi (IRENA); Janet Sawin, Freyr Sverisson (Suna Research)


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