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This brief identifies key recommendations and subsequent action points for scaling up renewable energy investments in West Africa, covering various policy, financial and technical dimensions, and emphasising the immense opportunities and advantages that renewable energy can bring to the region.

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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.

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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.

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This brief, led by the members of the Decarbonising End-Use Sectors Working Group, provides an overview of technical considerations for green hydrogen tracking systems and the challenges that need to be addressed for the creation of such instruments. In addition, the brief also puts forth key recommendations to policy makers in order to successfully establish tracking systems for green hydrogen based on internationally accepted standards.

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Country papers: Scaling up Renewables Investment in High-Potential Markets

Based on its engagement on the ground, the Coalition Business and Investors Group has put together country-specific papers with recommendations to enable the scaling up of renewable energy investments. See country papers for Algeria (2020), Colombia (2020), Jordan (2020), India (2021), Mexico (2021), Philippines (2022), South Africa (2021), Tunisia (2020) and Viet Nam (2020).

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Featuring several case studies and first-hand interviews with companies, the paper discusses how companies can increase the share of renewable energy in their heating and cooling operations.

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Building on several case studies, the paper showcases policy measures and financing mechanisms that reflect best practices in community energy and offers recommendations to governments and financial institutions on how to accelerate community energy development.

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Eight months after the Coalition for Action first called for action in response to COVID-19, many countries have yet to take decisive actions to move towards a green recovery. This statement contains six key actions that governments should take to align their economic recovery with climate plans, deliver on their commitments under the Paris Agreement, and come back stronger from the pandemic.

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Renewable energy can play a key role in the economic recovery from COVID-19 by ensuring energy security, creating jobs and strengthening resilience to safeguard people’s health and welfare. This statement contains eight key actions that governments should take to ensure economic recovery that aligns with global climate and sustainability objectives.

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The paper explores the role of energy utilities in the renewable energy transformation.  Featuring case studies and first-hand interviews, the paper outlines achievements and implementation strategies of national, regional and local utilities switching to 100% renewable energy. The paper also includes an updated mapping of national and sub-national 100% renewable energy targets.

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This white paper presents the first global mapping of national and sub-national 100% renewable energy targets.  Drawing from case studies of countries, regions, cities and islands moving towards 100% renewables in different end-uses, the paper offers lessons learned for defining targets and developing implementation frameworks for a 100% renewable future.

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Based on previous analyses and on-the-ground experiences of leading private-sector players in the renewable energy field, this white paper identifies key barriers to scaling-up renewable energy investments in high-potential emerging markets and proposes tools and policies for overcoming these challenges.

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This white paper discusses the benefits and implementation challenges of community energy, and outlines actions that governments and other key actors can take to promote community ownership of renewables around the world.

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