Renewable Energies (ISPRE) (Disbanded)
The International Science Panel on Renewable Energies (ISPRE) started in 2007 as a joint initiative between ICSU and the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS). In December 2009, two reports were published—on biomass, and photovoltaic and wind energy—as part of ISPRE’s goal to provide analysis and strategic guidance for renewable energy research and development worldwide. The reports emphasize the discrepancy between the small number of, mainly, developed countries in which significant research activity is taking place and the majority of countries in the developing world in which there is little research investment—there is an urgent need to redress this discrepancy. The international renewable energy landscape is evolving rapidly, most notably with the establishment of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Also a Global Energy Assessment, in which ICSU is participating, is currently underway (as of December 2009) and will have major implications for science and policy when it is published in 2010. In the light of these developments, it was decided that ISPRE should be disbanded and ICSU reconsider what its unique contribution to this field might be.
ISPRE was co-sponsored by ICSU, the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network (REN21).