#Renewables4Climate is a global initiative to raise awareness about renewable energy as a key solution to climate change. The initiative is being launched 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.

Renewables also contribute to increased climate resilience and adaptation, accelerate energy access in rural areas, remote locations and small island developing states, and provide cleaner, healthier energy to all.

Greater global ambition on renewables is crucial if the world is going to limit emissions to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This site showcases some of the stories, photos and videos of how companies, governments, organizations, individuals are using renewables to transform their communities and the planet.

On this page you will also find links to renewables-related events happening at COP23. If your organization is holding an event at COP23 and you would like it to be featured here, please fill out the form below.

If you would like to have your success story featured, please email coalition@irena.org. You can also join the discussion on Twitter by using the hashtag #Renewables4Climate

#Renewables4Climate is an initiative of the IRENA Coalition for Action.

Renewable Energy Events at COP23

November 12

COP23 Renewable Energy Day

When: 9:30 – 18:00, 12 November 2017
Where: Deutsche Post DHL Post Tower building, adjacent to the conference venue

The landmark Paris Climate Agreement came into force in November, 2016. Governments have signed up to an ambitious goal: to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Implicit in this goal is the need to decarbonise the energy sector, which accounts for two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Under the Agreement, countries have put forward their emissions reduction plans through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). More than 140 governments included renewable energy as a vital element to cut emissions and increase climate resilience.

One year on, governments and thousands of stakeholders committed to the vision of the Paris Agreement will come together at COP23 in Bonn, Germany to accelerate action on its implementation. The good news is that accelerated action is both possible and beneficial.

To explore cutting edge ideas and innovations at the forefront of the renewable energy development and deployment, IRENA, in concert with the Government of Fiji in its capacity as COP President, the Government of Germany, the Government of the UAE and Deutsche Post DHL is holding a high-level event on the margins of the COP23.

Attendance: 250-300 private sector, representatives of governments (national, regional, and local) journalists, NGOs, academics and members of the public

November 13

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Event

When: 9:00 – 17:00, 13 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion & Kunst Museum, Bonn

IRENA will coordinate a full day of SIDS focused programming at the IRENA Pavilion, culminating in a reception at the Kunst Museum, that will feature keynote speakers from SIDS. The program will focus on strengthening resilience and will take place in collaboration with COP president Fiji and the AOSIS chair the Maldives – both of whom will contribute to making COP23 the SIDS COP. The full day of programming is open to all SIDS, key development partners – governmental, intergovernmental, non-governmental and private stakeholder organizations.

For the evening reception, keynotes are set to be delivered by COP Chair and Prime Minister of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, H.E Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, AOSIS Chair, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Maldives.

Attendance: 250-300 participants


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