Renewable energy will play a critical role in de-carbonizing the energy sector, reducing the costs associated with climate change impacts and adaptation, providing energy access to all, and securing long-term energy security at affordable costs. However, it is widely recognized that the establishment of a more sustainable, low-carbon energy system, based largely on renewable energy, will require a major transition in the energy sector and beyond in both scale and scope.

The International Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn, Germany, in June 2004, was the first of a series of major international conferences to address questions ...

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