Renewable energy

What is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is derived from resources which are naturally replenished, essentially unlimited and of low environmental impact. These natural resources include wind, sunlight, waves, tides, geothermal heat, hydro and biological matter. The implementation of renewable energy technology, essential for reducing our dependency on polluting fossil and reducing CO2 emissions to slow the rate of global warming, is only part of the solution.
The change towards sustainable energy embraces reductions in energy demand through energy efficiency, meeting our energy needs from sources of renewable energy, efficient electricity production and transmission.


Renewable energy general information

  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
    Energy policy advisor to 27 member countries in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for their citizens. The website has a wide range of publications and papers, databases, links to other sources of data, etc.
  • The Source for Renewable Energy
    A buyers guide and business directory to more than 3800 renewable energy businesses and organisations around the world.
  • Renewable Energy World
    A large resource for renewable energy news and information.
  • Energy Saving Trust
    The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation which promotes the sustainable and efficient use of energy. It provides impartial information and advice and has a network of advice centres in the UK specifically designed to help people take action.
  • Renewable Energy Association (REA)
    The REA represents British renewable energy producers and promotes the use of sustainable energy in the UK. This website has downloadable articles in PDF format covering many aspects of renewable energy.
    A guide to Renewable Energy including geothermal power
    and ground source heat pumps, solar power, wind energy, biofuels,
    green investment and government incentives. Clear explanations with
    examples, illustrations and videos.

Sustainable energy campaigning organisations

  • The Sustainable Energy Partnership
    SEP is a UK partnership representing major environmental and fuel poverty NGOs and sustainable energy trade associations. It is campaigning on issues such as climate change, fuel poverty and energy efficiency in order to create a sustainable energy policy in the UK. More information on the SEP blog.

Information networks and resources

  • Network for Alternative Technology and Technology Assessment
    NATTA promotes many issues concerned with sustainable development and has a main focus on the development of renewable energy and related energy issues. Based at the Open University Energy and Environment Research Unit. Produces an excellent bi-monthly newsletter for members
  • EUREC Agency
    Established as a European Economic Interest Grouping in 1991 to strengthen and rationalize the European RD&D efforts on renewable energy technologies. The research fields covered include solar buildings, wind, photovoltaics, biomass, small hydro, solar thermal power stations, ocean energy, solar chemistry and solar materials, hybrid systems, developing countries and integration of renewable energy in the energy infrastructure.
  • The OPET Network
    An initiative of the European Commission which aims to disseminate information on, and promote the benefits of, new innovative energy technologies. These energy technologies cover the areas of renewable energy sources, rationale use of energy in industry, buildings and transport, solid fuels and hydrocarbons.
  • The European Association for Renewable Energy (Eurosolar)
    Founded in 1988 as the non-profit European Association for Renewable Energies that conducts its work independently of political parties, institutions, commercial enterprises and interest groups; promotes the total replacement of nuclear and fossil energies with Renewable Energy sources; regards a total solar energy supply as essential for a sustainable economy;
  • National Energy Foundation
    NEF is an educational charity working to help people and businesses combat climate change by reducing their carbon emissions through implementing energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources.
  • Action Renewables
    A Northern Ireland organisation promoting and developing renewable energy. Action Renewables delivers a range of programmes including: general awareness raising, road shows, seminars, performance monitoring of technologies, research and evaluation, policy, lobbying.
  • CanmetENERGY
    A Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development.
    This website offers a wide range of information on renewable energy sources and the technologies and applications being developed to harness them.
  • Alternative Energy News
    Discussions, information, media and news promoting the research and development of renewable energy.

Publications and reports

  • Energy Consumption in the UK
    ...a comprehensive review of energy consumption in the UK since the 1970s, the consumption tables were updated in July 2008 (PDF format). Download Energy consumption in the United Kingdom
  • The Economics of Nuclear Power
    A report commissioned by Greenpeace International and published (Dec 2007) by a team of international energy and economic experts which conclusively proves that nuclear power is neither a practical nor economically viable solution to tackling climate change. Greenpeace International Report: The Economics of Nuclear Power
  • Why nuclear is not the answer to climate change
    A concise, four-page summary of the key arguments as to why nuclear power cannot solve the climate problem. Published by Greenpeace International November 2007. Greenpeace Inernational Publications: Why Nuclear is Not the Answer
  • Coal-fired Power Stations and the European Union
    A briefing paper on Coal-fired power stations and the European Union published by Greenpeace International November 2007. Greenpeace Inernational Publications: Coal-fired Power Stations and The EU
  • Energy Revolution: a sustainable pathway to a clean energy future for Europe
    A blueprint for the EU energy supply that shows how Europe can lead the way to a sustainable pathway to a clean energy future, developed by Greenpeace and the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Download report (pdf)
  • Energy Revolution 2012:
    Provides a consistent fundamental pathway for how to protect our climate: getting the world from where we are now to where we need to be by phasing out fossil fuels and cutting CO2 emissions while ensuring energy security. Download report from Greenpeace Inernational Publications
  • Renewable Energy World
    Current renewable energy news and analysis, covering technology, policy, trends and information about solar power energy, wind power generation, ocean energy (tidal power), biomass energy, small hydro, renewable energies conventions and exhibitions, etc.
  • Home power
    “The Hands-On Journal of Home-Made Power” for users and would-be users of home-made electricity
  • EERE Network News
    Various newsletters, news feeds and press releases from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network. Subscribers are sent weekly email messages about energy efficiency and renewable energy news and events, new sites on EREN, and energy facts and tips.
  • Renewable Energy News
    Free twice-weekly e-newsletter