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 130 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.
COALITION EVENTS AND CAMPAIGNS
Powering Development and Sustainability: Productive Use of Renewable Energy (PURE) in the Agri-Food Systems
Globally, fossil fuels provide about 70-80% of the energy used in agri-food systems. Agriculture is a large contributor to climate change as well as one of the economic sectors most at risk from it. Renewable energy sources like solar power can greatly benefit the agribusiness sector. By linking the event to the objectives of the UN Food Summit and the missions of the Coalition for Action and Power for All, participants can leverage the momentum, insights, and networks generated by these initiatives to drive forward innovative and sustainable solutions. The event will help address the pressing challenges faced by the agricultural sector in Africa and India, ultimately contributing to food security, improved livelihoods, and sustainable development in these regions.
22 July 2023 | The 14th Clean Energy Ministerial, Goa, India
Global Policy Makers Dialogue on Agri-Renewables: Securing Water-Energy-Food Nexus for a Sustainable World
Agriculture is an energy-intensive sector that requires a significant amount of energy to produce food, fibre, and fuel. However, the energy used in agriculture is often derived from fossil fuels, leading to high greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable energy can contribute to reducing emissions, and increasing energy access for rural communities. The event is designed for stakeholders from the agriculture, energy, and water sectors, including policymakers, regulators, investors, project developers, farmers, researchers, and civil society organisations. The event will issue a call for action that aims to encourage stakeholders to promote renewable energy investments in agriculture and build partnerships to drive the adoption of renewable energy in the sector.
22 July 2023 | The 14th Clean Energy Ministerial, Goa, India
Unleashing Renewable Energy’s Full Potential: Setting a Global Target
Renewables are the backbone of the energy transition and a key climate solution - but countries across the world are only scratching the surface when it comes to harnessing their clean energy potential. Despite record breaking installation across many different renewable energy technologies, deployment needs to urgently accelerate over the next decade to keep the world on track to meet net zero. This high-level panel is a platform for governments, international institutions, industry and NGOs to discuss the operationalization of the global renewables target necessary for a 1.5°C pathway. This event facilitates a fruitful exchange between key stakeholders from different sectors like policy and regulatory framework, technology and finance to collaborate and accelerate the deployment of renewables across the world.
16 January 2023
Coalition Annual Strategy Meeting 2023
The 7th Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting took place in hybrid mode in conjunction with the 13th Session of the IRENA Assembly. The Coalition members gathered for the strategic discussion on how to amplify the message of renewables role in a more sustainable and fair energy system. Members also approved the Coalition work programme for 2023 which focuses on concrete objectives such as scaling up investments and removing barriers to renewable energy deployment, promoting community energy initiatives, and exploring future scenarios for 100% renewable energy systems. Additionally, the programme activities will promote sustainable energy solutions in the agriculture sector, thereby enhancing food security, reducing emissions, and supporting rural development. The Coalition members wil continue promoting just and inclusive energy transitions with regional focus.
13 January 2023
IRENA Public-Private Dialogue 2023 – Just and Inclusive Energy Transitions: Social Dialogue, Skills, and Decent Jobs for All
During the 6th IRENA High-level Public-Private Dialogue, governments, labour representatives and the members of the Coalition for Action convened to discuss how to achieve the just and inclusive energy transitions based on social dialogue, and delivering green skills and decent jobs for all. The participants agreed that decisive action is needed from governments to lead the system transformation guided by long-term commitment, just transition principles and adequate financing to tackle misalignments in labour markets and beyond.
08 March 2022
2022 IRENA Policy Talk – Enabling Green Hydrogen: Industrial Policies, Certification Systems, and Inclusiveness
This virtual event gathered public and private stakeholders to discuss the current status and potential options to move green hydrogen from niche to mainstream, and covered key topics including industrial policies, establishing certification systems, and inclusiveness. Discussions highlighted key findings from the Coalition for Action brief Decarbonising end-use sectors: Green hydrogen certification and the IRENA report on Green Hydrogen for Industry.
17 January 2022
Coalition Annual Strategy Meeting 2022
The sixth Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting took place virtually in conjunction with the 12th Session of the IRENA Assembly. This meeting convened Coalition members to strategically discuss how the work of the Coalition can build on the success of 2021. Members also decided the Coalition work programme for 2022 and main action deliverables. This was 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 convened 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.
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.
27 May 2021
2021 IRENA Policy Talk 2 – Green hydrogen supply: Policies and practical insights
This webinar gathered public and private stakeholders to discuss key opportunities and challenges in scaling up green hydrogen, focusing on the role of supply-side policies. The webinar also featured companies that are developing projects to showcase green hydrogen’s potential to decarbonise energy-intensive, hard-to-abate sectors. Discussions highlighted key findings from the Coalition for Action white paper Decarbonising end-use sectors: Practical insights on green hydrogen and the IRENA report Green hydrogen supply: A guide to policy making.
15 April 2021
Financing Community Energy: Unlocking the Finance Needed to Speed Up Renewables Development in Europe
This joint webinar by the Coalition for Action and the EU Community Power Coalition discussed the role of community energy as a driver of a green energy transition, under what conditions projects can be financed, and how to create a favourable environment for community energy financing in Europe. Please click here for a recording of the webinar.
25 February 2021
Companies in Transition Towards 100% Renewable Energy: Focus on Heating and Cooling
This webinar gathered public and private sector stakeholders to discuss key opportunities and challenges faced by companies setting and implementing corporate renewable energy heating and cooling targets, including how policies can be designed to effectively encourage the use of renewable heating and cooling in industry. Discussions highlighted key findings of the Coalition for Action white paper Companies in transition towards 100% renewable energy: Focus on heating and cooling. Please click here for a copy of the presentation from the webinar.
25 January 2021
Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting 2021
The fifth Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting took place in conjunction with the 11th Session of the IRENA Assembly. This was a closed meeting for Coalition members only.
14 January 2021
IRENA Public-Private Dialogue 2021
At the 11th Session of the IRENA Assembly, the fourth IRENA Public-Private Dialogue convened policymakers, legislators, and members of the Coalition for Action to discuss COVID-19 impacts and responses to date, as well as what actions are urgently needed from governments and the energy industry to accelerate global progress towards just and equitable energy transitions.
09 December 2020
2020 IRENA Policy Talk 4 – Stimulating Investment in Community Energy
IRENA’s Policy Talks are a series of online events providing a forum for sharing experiences and best practices in renewable energy policy design and implementation to support the efficient deployment of renewables and the maximisation of the benefits realised. This webinar focused on community energy and the findings of the Coalition for Action white paper Stimulating Investment in Community Energy: Broadening the ownership of renewables.
07 December 2020 | Global Campaign
Renewed Call to Action Joint Communication Campaign
Many countries have yet to take decisive actions to move towards a green recovery from COVID-19. Building on its campaign from April 2020, the Coalition for Action jointly put forward a renewed call to action urging governments to correct course by taking six actions to align their economic recovery with climate plans, deliver on their commitments under the Paris Agreement, and come back stronger from the pandemic.
13 October 2020
Coalition for Action Mid-Year Strategy Meeting (Coalition members only)
This virtual mid-year meeting convened Coalition for Action members to assess where we are with the green recovery, focusing on developments in the renewable energy sector since the Coalition launched its joint Call to Action in Response to COVID-19 in April 2020. Meeting participants also discussed the potential future work of the Coalition in preparation for the Coalition for Action 2021 Annual Strategy Meeting.
28 April 2020 | Global Campaign
COVID-19 Call to Action Joint Communication Campaign
The Coalition for Action put forward a campaign including a joint statement urging governments to take eight key actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign builds on highlighting progress made in renewable energy to ensure a rapid and sustained economic recovery that aligns with global climate and sustainability objectives.
07 April 2020 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
Webinar – COVID-19 and beyond: Impact on the renewable energy sector
Over 100 individuals representing nearly 50 entities took part in a webinar to discuss the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the renewable energy sector and exchange their views on what collective actions are needing to set the course for an inclusive, low-carbon economy. Please click here for a summary of the webinar.
13 January 2020 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting 2020
The fourth IRENA Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting took place in conjunction with the 10th Session of the IRENA Assembly and the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. This was a closed meeting for Coalition members only.
10 January 2020 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
IRENA Public-Private Dialogue 2020
At the 10th Session of the IRENA Assembly, the third IRENA Public-Private Dialogue consisted of two dynamic sessions, convening policymakers, legislators, and members of the Coalition for Action. The first session discussed opportunities to increase variable renewable energy penetration with a focus on power market setup and supporting policies. The second session discussed barriers in African energy markets that need to be addressed in order for the private sector to work closer with governments and expand investments in renewable energy while maximizing socio-economic benefits and prosperity.
27 June 2019 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
IRENA Policy Day 2019
The IRENA Policy Day took place in Abu Dhabi in conjunction with the 17th IRENA Council, and provided a forum for renewable energy policy dialogue where countries and stakeholders had the opportunity to share experiences and disseminate best practices in policy-making to ensure the efficient deployment of renewable energy, and the maximization of the benefits realized. Participants included IRENA Member States, Coalition for Action members, policy-makers and experts.
10 January 2019 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting 2019
The third Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting took place in conjunction with the IRENA Assembly and the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. This was 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 highlighted 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 included 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 was launched by the IRENA Coalition for Action for the second year in a row and coincided with the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, where renewables were 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.
01 July – 01 October 2018 | Global Campaign
UN HLPF 2018 Joint Communication Campaign: #Renewables4Development
#Renewables4Development is a global initiative that highlights the central role of renewable energy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The campaign was 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 was reviewed.
16 January 2018 | Abu Dhabi, UAE
Coalition for Action Annual Strategy Meeting 2018
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
Public Private Dialogue on Unlocking Renewable Energy Investment Worldwide: Perspectives on Key Challenges and Opportunities
(at the Eighth session of the IRENA Assembly)
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
COP23 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 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
G20 Joint Communication Campaign: Socio-economic Benefits of Renewable Energy
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.
SUPPORTED EVENTS AND CAMPAIGNS
20th World Wind Energy Conference (WWEC2022)
The 20th edition of World Wind Energy Conference (WWEC2022) with an in-person conference was co-organised by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and the Italian Wind Energy Association (ANEV). The event convened experts from government, industry and international organisations to discuss opportunities and advancements in wind power technologies.
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.
16 September 2021
Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy
The Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy is an industry-led global alliance promoting sustainability and social responsibility in the renewable energy industry by defining standards and KPIs in line with SDGs; disseminating and activating funding and collaboration frameworks; promoting supportive regulation; and launching tailored initiatives.
24 February 2021
Joint Statement on the Reversal of Mexico’s Clean Energy Transition
In a joint statement, Coalition members Global Solar Council (GSC) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) urge the Government of Mexico to restore policy stability and legal certainty to Mexico’s renewable energy sector.
24 February 2021
Powering up energy investments in fragile states: A call to action
The Council for State Fragility and the g7+ group call on national governments, aid agencies, the private sector, multilateral institutions, and development finance institutions to support recovery from COVID-19 in fragile states through expanding clean energy access.
25 – 26 November 2020
Colombia Wind Power 2020
Co-organised by Coalition members Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and SER Colombia, Colombia Wind Power 2020 is the third edition of the official industry event for the local and international wind industry in Colombia.
30 June 2020 | Berlin, Germany
Request to Adapt European Energy Planning Scenarios
In its request, the Renewables Grid Initiative, an IRENA Coalition for Action member, asks that Europe’s Ten Year Network Development Plan includes scenarios compatible with the Paris Agreement, the priorities of the European Green Deal, and the European Council's decision to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
06 May 2020 | Brussels, Belgium
Wind Power a cornerstone of the Global Economic Recovery – “Re-building Better” for the future
In its statement, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), an IRENA Coalition for Action member, highlights the role of wind energy in the global economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis.
16 April 2020 | Brussels, Belgium
Call to Action: Roadmap for the DRE sector to survive and flourish in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis
In its call to action, the Alliance for Rural Electrification, an IRENA Coalition for Action member, outlines how governments, funders and philanthropies can support decentralised renewable energy projects and safeguard the future of the decentralised renewable energy sector.
28 – 29 May 2019 | Bonn, Germany
4th International Community Wind Symposium and Community Power Forum 2019
WWEA and LEE NRW organised this event, which brought together renewable energy and community power experts from around the world to discuss how new alliances can help community power play a key role in the renewable energy transition.
08 – 10 November 2018 | Bamako, Mali
2nd World Community Power Conference
WWEA and the Mali Folkecenter, together with the ISEP, hosted this event which brought together large numbers of national, regional and international community power stakeholders to provide a launch pad for the community power concept in Africa.
A just energy transition – in which no one is left behind – is critical to ensure broad social acceptance of the profound changes the transition entails. This report captures the concerns, insights and recommendations of trade unions and energy sector employers on how the energy transition can develop in a just manner for all.
This white paper has been developed jointly by members of the Coalition’s Working Group on Towards 100% Renewable Energy. Building on several case studies and first-hand interviews with companies, the paper analyses the various opportunities and challenges in advancing towards sector coupling and an integrated energy transformation. The findings of the case studies feed into policy recommendations and key takeaways for both the private sector and policymakers on how sector coupling can support further advancements towards a fully renewables-based energy system.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.