IEA/IRENA Joint Policies and Measures Database for Global Renewable Energy


Since 1999 the International Energy Agency (IEA) gathers information on policies and measures supporting the deployment of renewable energies and offers free-of-charge access to gathered data to the general public via its Policies and Measures Database websites.

From the onset, the Database provided information on policies in plave in OECD countries. After a continued increase in geographic coverage, the IEA joined forces with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2012 to allow for collaborative data gathering of OECD and non-OECD countries.  Twice a year, IEA and IRENA update the database on using information supplied directly from member governments. These collaborative efforts allowed for creation of the largest dataset on policies and measures supporting the development and deployment of renewable energies worldwide.

Currently the Database covers 140 countries and stores information on almost 2000 policies.

The IEA/IRENA Joint Policies and Measures Database for Global Renewable Energy is the only country-validated, free-of-charge on-line source available to the general public. 

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Interactive timelines combine policies and energy data

What happened to renewable electricity generation in Japan after the country adopted a national target in 2008, or to CO2 emissions in Poland after the country adopted a national target in 2009? Find out in just a few clicks using dynamic timeline charts now available on the IEA website.

The IEA Policies and Measures Databases (PAMS), which use information sourced directly from governments to track the development of clean energy policies globally, now includes an interactive visualisation feature. Put simply, the web tool shows users how specific benchmarks evolved as clean energy laws, regulations and other policy tools went into effect in more than 100 countries.

Of course, correlation does not imply causation, but the tool details policies adopted in IEA members and non-member countries alike, and then the charts illustrate any impact on energy statistics and also environmental and macroeconomic data from 1990 through 2013.

For instance, in the screen image to featured above, the line marking Italian deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) takes off sharply after 2010, a year in which three new initiatives took effect. Two of those are policy number 11, funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and bike-sharing, and number 12, the National Renewable Energy Action Plan.

Click here to access The IEA/IRENA Joint Policies and Measures Database for Global Renewable Energy; click on a country and then on its “all records” link to review national clean energy policies. Finally, click the yellow button to show the timeline with the policies listed by year, and then select which statistics to track.  Add or subtract any of the available measures, revealing not only rises and declines in the context of new policies but also relative to any other data displayed. 

PAMS - in focus

Country validated information: reviewed bi-annually in direct cooperation with IEA delegations, Non-member countries and IRENA

Extensive: covers 140 countries; global overview

Accessible: freely available online

User-friendly: categorised policies supported by dynamic analytical tools

Constantly developing tool: enhancing category set, developing analytical tools, hub for information resources, linking external resources in one place

Fast facts

  • 140covered by the IEA/IRENA Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database
  • 2000records stored featuring renewable energy policies worldwide