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 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.

Activities and Working Groups

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 coalition@irena.org.

Business and Investors Working Group

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.

Community Energy sub-Group

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.

Communication and Outreach Working Group

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.

Towards 100% Renewable Energy Working Group

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.

Coalition Events and Campaigns

  • 10 January 2019 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting 2019

    The third Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting will take place in conjunction with the IRENA Assembly and the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. This will be a closed meeting for Coalition members only.

  • 10 January 2019 | Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Public-Private Dialogue on Actions Needed to Accelerate the Energy Transformation

    Based on a presentation of the IRENA Coalition for Action White Papers – Towards 100% Renewable Energy and Financing Community Energy - the dialogue will highlight key opportunities and challenges in expanding renewable energy markets worldwide, and the need for better alignment between policy-makers, legislators, and the private sector in order to maximise socio-economic and community benefits. Participants will include government representatives, legislators, and Coalition for Action members. 

  • 02 – 14 December 2018 | Global Campaign

    COP24 Katowice Joint Communication Campaign #Renewables4Climate

    #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 for the second year in a row and will coincide with the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, where renewables are highlighted as one of the critical means of keeping the rise in global temperature below 2 or even 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Supported Events and Campaigns

  • 20 – 21 November 2018 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

    RE-Source 2018

    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

    2nd World Community Power Conference

    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.


Towards 100% Renewable Energy: Status, Trends, and Lessons Learned

This white paper is a global mapping of 100% renewable energy targets, along with several case studies from national, regional, city and islands levels that illustrate different paths to a 100% renewable energy transformation.

Scaling up renewable energy investments in emerging markets: challenges, risks and solutions

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.

Community Energy: broadening the ownership of renewables

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.

IRENA Coalition for Action Members

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.

To apply for membership, please download and fill out the Membership Application Form and submit to coalition@irena.org. Membership is subject to approval by the Coalition for Action Steering Group.

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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