In January 2014, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and 35 players in renewable energy from around the world jointly established a Coalition for Action to promote the wider and faster uptake of renewable energy technologies.
The IRENA Coalition for Action forms a key international network to discuss industry trends, determine actions, share knowledge and exchange best practices with the vision to drive the global energy transition in line with the Sustainable Development Goal on energy. Its mission is to convene a global dialogue amongst non-governmental and governmental stakeholders to develop actions to increasing the share of renewables in the global energy mix.
Today, the Coalition brings together over 80 leading renewable energy players including private sector companies, industry associations, civil society, research institutes and intergovernmental organisations.
IRENA acts as the Secretariat of the Coalition.
The Coalition offers a number of opportunities for its members to engage in IRENA’s strategic and programmatic activities. A list of engagement opportunities (such as the peer-reviewing of reports, participation in events, etc.) is regularly proposed to all Coalition members who can then express interest to engage. In 2017, Coalition members were also invited to provide input to the preparation of IRENA’s Work Programme and its Medium-term Strategy. Currently, the Coalition for Action offers the below engagement opportunities for its members. For more details on the work of the Coalition for Action and how to become engaged, please contact the IRENA Coalition for Action Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engages in activities that address barriers to scaling up investments in emerging markets. In 2017, the Group launched a White Paper on the topic. In 2018, the Group is focusing its efforts on selected priority countries where there is potential to effectively support the scaling up of renewable energy investment on the ground.
Focuses on community energy investment. In 2017, the Group launched a white paper that discussed broadening the ownership of renewables. In 2018, the group will elaborate upon solutions and recommendations to further enable community energy investments.
Facilitates the alignment of communication messages among Coalition members and amplifies Coalition members’ events and activities, in addition to creating joint communication campaigns such as the Renewables4Climate campaign at COP23 in 2017. In 2018, the Group will focus on two joint campaigns: Renewables4Development and a second Renewables4Climate campaign.
Examines case studies of countries, regions, and cities that have reached or are in the process of reaching 100% renewables. In 2018, the aim of the Group will be to use these case studies and success stories to summarise key takeaways for policy makers.
01 July – 01 October 2018 | Global Campaign
#Renewables4Development is a global initiative that highlights the central role of renewable energy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The campaign has been launched by the IRENA Coalition for Action to coincide with the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018 where the implementation of the 2030 sustainable goals including SDG 7 on energy will be reviewed.
16 January 2018 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
The second Annual Strategy Meeting of the Coalition took place in conjunction with the IRENA Assembly and the World Future Energy Summit. This was a closed meeting.
12 January 2018 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
This dialogue aimed to build common understanding and encourage commentary actions between the public and private sector. The event highlighted key opportunities and challenges in growing renewable energy markets worldwide, and the need for better alignment between government, legislators, and industry.
06 – 17 November 2017 | Global Campaign
#Renewables4Climate is a global initiative to raise awareness about renewable energy as a key solution to climate change. The initiative has been launched by the IRENA Coalition for Action to coincide with the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP23), where renewables are highlighted as one of the critical means to keep the global temperature rise below 2 or even 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
07 – 08 July 2017 | Global Campaign
To highlight the socio-economic benefits of renewables and its wider contribution to the SDGs, a social-media campaign was launched by the IRENA Coalition for Action to coincide with the G20 meeting in Hamburg. The campaign was translated into several languages and had a total reach of approximately 60 million.
20 – 21 November 2018 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Solar Power Europe in partnership with WindEurope, RE100 and WBCSD are organising the second RE-Source event in November 2018. The RE-Source platform and event are focusing on corporate sourcing of renewables, in particular corporate renewable PPAs in Europe.
08 – 10 November 2018 | Bamako, Mali
WWEA and the Mali Folkecenter, together with the ISEP, will host this event which brings together large numbers of national, regional and international community power stakeholders to provide a launch pad for the community power concept in Africa.
06 September 2018 | Bonn, Germany
WWEA and LEE NRW in cooperation with Genossenschaftsverband are hosting this event with a focus on innovation and new business models, with representatives from community projects and associations, politicians, researchers and other relevant community power stakeholders.
This white paper outlines a discussion of the most significant challenges to the scale-up of renewable energy investment and development that the Coalition for Action Business and Investors Group members have encouraged while delivering projects worldwide. The paper also describes a selection of available tools and policies recommended by the Business and Investors Group to overcome these challenges.
This white paper identifies the benefits and implementation challenges of community energy, in addition to outlining actions and policies to promote community ownership of renewables.
Since its formation in 2014, IRENA Coalition for Action has grown to more than 80 members, including private sector companies, industry associations, civil society, research institutes and intergovernmental organisations.
The Coalition is open to any legal entity supporting the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy and that meets the requirements outlined in the Coalition for Action Structure Document.View All Members