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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

  • 17 January 2022

    Coalition Annual Strategy Meeting 2022

    The sixth Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting will take place virtually in conjunction with the 12th Session of the IRENA Assembly. This meeting will convene Coalition members to strategically discuss how the work of the Coalition can build on the success of 2021. Members will also decide the Coalition work programme for 2022 and main action deliverables. This is a closed meeting for Coalition members only.
  • 13 January 2022

    IRENA Public-Private Dialogue 2022 – Renewable energy and circular economy: Focus on end-of-life management of renewables

    The fifth IRENA Public-Private Dialogue will convene policy makers, legislators, and members of the Coalition for Action to discuss circular economy and end-of-life management considerations for renewables, as well as what actions are needed from governments and the energy industry to accelerate global progress towards unlocking the benefits of a truly sustainable renewable energy sector.

Supported Events and Campaigns

  • 24 – 26 November 2021 | New Delhi, India

    World Wind Energy Conference 2021 (WWEC2021)

    Co-hosted by Coalition members World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), WWEC2021 will focus on the energy transition propelled by renewable energy advancements particularly in wind and solar industries. The Coalition’s latest white paper Community Energy Toolkit: Best practices for broadening the ownership of renewables will be launched during the conference on 25 November.
  • 10 November 2021 | Glasgow, UK

    Raising a bar for climate action - Just Transition and Sustainable Jobs

    The COP26 UNFCCC side event will take place on 10 November 2021 and see the launch of the 2021/22 Jobs Factsheet Edition.


Community Energy Toolkit: Best practices for broadening the ownership of renewables

Using a case study approach, this white paper analyses 11 renewable energy initiatives from across the world, showcasing best practices and the various socio-economic impacts to societies. Drawing learnings from the case studies, a checklist with key questions across seven dimensions is intended to help communities to take the first steps towards identifying their needs and developing their vision in line with their core values while accounting for the environment they are operating in. The key takeaways from 11 featured case studies may serve as inspiration for communities on how to set their initiatives up for success.

Call to Action for COP26: Renewable Energy Jobs for a Just and Inclusive Energy Transition

Decent and sustainable jobs are at the core of achieving a just and inclusive energy transition. On the occasion of COP26, IRENA Coalition for Action members issued a statement urging governments to take five key immediate actions to achieve a just global energy transition that advances sustainable development through renewable energy jobs.

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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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