About Us

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 120 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.

Activities and Working Groups

The Coalition offers a number of opportunities to engage in the below working groups and IRENA’s strategic and programmatic activities.

Business and Investors Group

Engages in activities that address barriers to scaling up renewable energy investments in both emerging and more mature markets. Building on its white paper on this topic, the Group conducts country-specific work in high-potential markets through expert webinars, country papers and public-private dialogues and puts forward key recommendations to policy makers.

Community Energy Group

Focuses on driving community energy investments and promoting policies that empower communities and citizens to participate in energy decision-making. Following the launch of its latest white paper on stimulating investment in community energy, the Group continues to develop actionable insights and engage with stakeholders to scale up community energy practices around the world.

Decarbonising End-Use Sectors Group

Examines the decarbonisation of end-use sectors from the perspectives of policy, innovation, technology, socioeconomics and institutions, among others. The Group developed best practices and policy recommendations for green hydrogen (hydrogen from renewable resources) in its latest white paper and is currently undertaking work on green hydrogen certification.

Renewables in Agriculture Group

Analyses the opportunities and benefits of renewable energy solutions for agriculture in jointly advancing food security transformations and energy transitions. Following a joint statement for the UN Food Systems Summit to collectively rethink and readjust the production and consumption of food and energy, the Group provides actionable insights and engages with stakeholders to scale up projects integrating renewable energy in agriculture worldwide.

Sustainable Energy Jobs Group

Addresses knowledge gaps in sustainable energy jobs and provides analysis showcasing the energy transition’s ability to increase overall employment and benefit local economies where the necessary policies are in place. Formerly known as the Sustainable Energy Jobs Platform (SEJP), the Group also builds capacity through knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practices for a just and inclusive energy transition.

Towards 100% RE Group

Explores the roles of key actors, sectors and scenarios in energy transitions across the world. The Group has launched white papers on governments, utilities and industry transitioning towards 100% renewable energy and is currently focusing on the benefits and opportunities of sector coupling in accelerating the global energy transformation.

Coalition Events and Campaigns

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  • 28 September 2021

    Coalition for Action Mid-Year Strategy Meeting (Coalition members only)

    This virtual mid-year meeting convened Coalition for Action members for a strategic discussion on the Coalition’s work to date, planned activities for COP26, and upcoming outputs and deliverables. Meeting participants discussed future activities of the Coalition, including a forthcoming Call to Action on sustainable energy jobs and skills for a just and inclusive energy transition leading up to COP26.
  • 22 September 2021

    Joint Statement: Advancing Renewables in Agriculture to Meet SDGs and Climate Objectives

    In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit and High-Level Dialogue on Energy, the Coalition for Action issued a joint statement urging stakeholders across sectors to break down silos and collectively advance a renewables-based energy transition and food systems transformation. The statement highlights that a joint approach to achieving SDG 2 and SDG 7 can deliver significant socio-economic and environmental dividends.

Supported Events and Campaigns

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Releases

Joint Statement: Advancing Renewables in Agriculture to Meet SDGs and Climate Objectives

In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit and High-Level Dialogue on Energy, the Coalition for Action issued a joint statement urging stakeholders across sectors to break down silos and collectively advance a renewables-based energy transition and food systems transformation. The statement highlights that a joint approach to achieving SDG 2 and SDG 7 can deliver significant socio-economic and environmental dividends.

Decarbonising End-Use Sectors: Practical Insights on Green Hydrogen

The paper showcases green hydrogen projects across different end-uses, provides insights from a renewable energy industry perspective on growth opportunities for green hydrogen, and offers recommendations to policymakers on how to accelerate its adoption worldwide.

IRENA Coalition for Action Members

Since its formation in 2014, the IRENA Coalition for Action has grown to consist of over 120 members, including private sector companies, industry associations, civil society, research institutes and intergovernmental organisations.

The Coalition is open to legal entities supporting the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, and meeting the requirements outlined in the Coalition for Action Structure Document.

To become a member of the Coalition for Action, please fill out the membership form and email it to coalition@irena.org.

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Contact

IRENA Coalition for Action is supported and facilitated by the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Please contact us at
Email: coalition@irena.org
Phone: +971 2 417 9000