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#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 Climate Change Conference (COP23).  Renewables 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. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.

Renewable Energy Events at COP23

November 3

2nd International Community Wind Symposium 2017

When: 9:30 – 17:30, 03 November 2017
Where: Langer-Grabenweg 86, Bonn (Gustav-Stresemann-Institute)

World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and LEE NRW invite you to join for the 2nd International Community Wind Symposium on 03 November 2017 in Bonn (Germany).

After last year’s 1st International Community Wind symposium with more than 100 experts and practitioners from 20 countries, the event will start with the presentation of the most recent WWEA and LEE NRW study on potentials and challenges for community wind in NRW and Germany. After leaving the grounds of the German case, the discussion will focus on international implications and cases. Speakers from several European countries, from Australia, Japan, Mali, Canada and Chile have already confirmed their attendance.

In the immediate run-up to the COP23 in Bonn in November 2017, numerous international and German experts are expected, amongst them representatives of community projects and associations, politicians, researchers and other relevant community power stakeholders.

For WWEA, community power plays an important role as community and citizen-owned renewable energies offer huge potentials for combating poverty and to improve livelihoods. Therefore WWEA sees it as one of its key tasks to highlight the role of community power in different forums worldwide and to make sure that in the future such models can play their role on a much larger scale.

In case of interest in participation, please send a short message including your name and affiliation to Fabian Tenk ft@wwindea.org

Organisers: WWEA
Contact: Fabian Tenk, ft@wwindea.org
Website: www.wwindea.org


November 6

Renewables working together: staying below 1.5°C with renewable energy

When: 15:00 – 16:30, 06 November 2017
Where: COP23 UNFCCC Meeting Room 9, Bonn Zone

Solar, wind, bioenergy, hydropower and geothermal offer real and ready solutions to combat climate change and are key tools in reducing effects of climate change. The side event will showcase examples of the strengths of renewable energies and how they can be deployed in order to stay below 1.5°C increase.

Organisers: REN Alliance
Contact: Jon Martin, martin@ises.org
Website: ren-alliance.org


Visionary leadership for the transition to clean technology

When: 16:00 – 17:00, 06 November 2017
Where: ENERGIES 2050 Pavilion

A leader’s ability to create the needed action begins with a profound shift in mindset. We like to showcase "India One" Solar Power Plant and the work of “Zero Carbon Britain" as examples of such visionary leadership.

Organisers: World Renewal Spiritual Trust & Center for Alternative Technology
Contact: Sonja Ohlsson, sonja.ohlsson@gmail.com
Website: www.india-one.net


November 7

Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase GRESS: Growing Renewable Energy

When: 10:00 – 18:00, 07 November 2017
Where: KAH Bonn

Since the climate treaty of Paris, renewable energies have become a central focus of the UN Climate Conference. During the COP23, the renewable energy industry will present its solutions in the context of a stand-alone event against the COP23 delegates, including many decision-makers from governments, international organizations and NGOs.

Organisers: World Wind Energy Association
Contact: Jean Pitteloud, jdp@wwindea.org
Website: globalrenewable.solutions


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Synergies

When: 11:00 – 12:30, 07 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Presentations and discussions on the synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency and their effects on CO2 mitigation.

 

Moderated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

11:00-11:15 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Synergies – Getting us 90% towards achieving Paris Nicholas Wagner, Associate Programme Officer, Renewable Energy Roadmaps, IRENA

11:15-11:30 Role of Energy Efficiency in the Energy Transition and CC Mitigation Benoit Lebot, Executive Director, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC)

11:30-11:45 Energy markets and views on the synergies between renewable energy and energy efficiency Wolfgang Eichhammer, Head of Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) [PENDING COP ACCREDITATION]

11:45-12.00 International experiences and challenges in the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy Karoline Steinbacher, Senior Consultant, Ecofys

12:00-12.30 Panel Discussion and Q&A

Organisers: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Contact: Nicholas Wagner, nwagner@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


Roundtable on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development

When: 14:00 – 16:00, 07 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

IRENA is organising a Round Table on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development which is open to all registered participants and observers at COP-23. The Roundtable will offer an opportunity for in-depth discussion of the briefing paper on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development, which was jointly developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The main point of the brief is that significant amounts of bioenergy can be produced without jeopardizing food production or emitting carbon to the atmosphere. In other words, bioenergy can support three key Sustainable Development Goals, among others: sustainable energy for all, adequate nutrition for all, and combatting climate change. It highlights sustainable measures to collect more farm and forest residues and to make more land available for bioenergy crops by boosting yields on food crops, reducing waste and losses in the food chain, and restoring degraded land.

Organisers: Jeffrey Skeer
Contact: Jeffrey Skeer, jskeer@irena.org
Website: irenanewsroom.org


Belt and Road Initiative: NDCs and Low-Carbon Energy Development

When: 15:00 – 16:30, 07 November 2017
Where: Meeting Room 11, Bonn Zone

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) presents an opportunity to promote the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the green development of the power sector, pushed forward by advances in renewable energy technology and carbon credit systems. Discussions at this side event will focus on the role of key industries in helping BRI countries meet their NDC goals, putting forth strategic pathways and recommendations. Participants will include representatives from relevant government organizations, universities, NGOs, and corporations.

Organisers: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), China Green Carbon Foundation (CGCF)
Contact: Noah Lerner, nlerner@nrdc-china.org
Website: nrdc.cn


The Beauty of sector coupling: Decarbonising heating/cooling with heat pumps

When: 16:00 – 17:30, 07 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavillon

Join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) to hear about the importance of decarbonising heating and cooling end-uses. Michael Taylor (Senior Analyst, IRENA) will present the importance of the end-use sectors and heating and cooling in the overall decarbonisation the energy sector, as well as the recent cost trends for heat pumps. Thomas Nowak (secretary General, EHPA) will outline the latest trends in heat pump deployment, their multiple benefits and how they can help provide flexibility as the share of variable renewable energy grows in the power system.

Organisers: Michael Taylor
Contact: Michael Taylor, mtaylor@irena.org
Website: irena.org


November 8

Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase GRESS: Implementing 100% Renewable Energy

When: 10:00 – 18:00, 08 November 2017
Where: KAH Bonn

Since the climate treaty of Paris, renewable energies have become a central focus of the UN Climate Conference. During the COP23, the renewable energy industry will present its solutions in the context of a stand-alone event against the COP23 delegates, including many decision-makers from governments, international organizations and NGOs.

Organisers: World Wind Energy Association e.V.
Contact: Jean Pitteloud, jdp@wwindea.org
Website: globalrenewable.solutions


Concentrating Solar Power: Cost Reductions and Boosting Deployment in MENA

When: 11:00 – 12:30, 08 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavillon - Bonn Zone

Michael Taylor (Senior Analyst, International Renewable Energy Agency) and Pablo Ralon (Associate Professional, International Renewable Energy Agency) will present: - The latest trends in concentrating solar power (CSP) deployment - Current installed costs and performance - Cost reduction potential to 2025 for installed costs and cost of electricity - Comparison to the latest auction results in Dubai and project proposals in Australia This work, in partnership with the World Bank, is part of the World Bank's MENA CSP Knowledge and Innovation Program that aims to accelerate CSP investments in the region by addressing knowledge and awareness gaps, linking projects with sources of finance and technical advice, and promoting innovation. This three-year program was launched in late 2016 by the World Bank with support from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF).

Organisers: Michael Taylor
Contact: Michael Taylor, mtaylor@irena.org
Website: irena.org


November 9

The Local Dimension of the NDCs: 100% Renewable Energy

When: 9:30 – 17:00, 09 November 2017
Where: The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB-Bonn)

Global 100% RE and the German Environment Agency (UBA) cordially invite you to participate in the international forum on “The Local Dimension of the NDCs: 100% Renewable Energy”. This day-long forum takes place in Bonn 9 November, 2017 and is part of the Climate Summit Dialogues for Local and Regional Leaders as a contribution to COP23. As nations are required to submit a revised and increasingly ambitious emission reduction plan to the UNFCCC (under the Paris Treaty) within the next 3 years, there is an urgency to facilitate a dialogue between local and national stakeholders. The forum is designed to break down silos and create a dialogue on concerted action between sub-national and national governments, with a particular focus on moving towards 100% renewable energy. The goal is to escalate the local 100% RE movement, observed in many industrialised countries, to the national level and support Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) countries to implement the Marrakesh Vision. Speakers will include representatives from local and national governments, city networks and international organisations as well as internationally acclaimed renewable energy experts. The event will be held in the building of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Registration is free of charge and does not require COP23/UNFCCC accreditation. For registration as well as more information, please visit the website.

Prior to the forum, Marburg-Biedenkopf County is offering site visits on 7-8 November. The site visits will offer great opportunities for exploring successful local renewable energy solutions including cooperative RE-projects and a meeting with the local energy utility. Please find the exact program on the forum’s website.

Organisers: Global 100% RE / Umweltbundesamt
Contact: Arthur Hinsch, ah@wwindea.org
Website: www.go100re.net


Private sector engagement: best practices in RE project development

When: 13:30 – 15:00, 09 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavillon, Bonn Zone

The objective of the meeting is clearly private sector engagement. IRENA Navigator team will present and discuss best practices and show cases for technical RE project development and identify common obstacles for obtaining financing. The event will also allow for IRENA to present the Project Navigator and its latest developments. The objective will be to engage closer with the private sector to overcome technical project development challenges and to improve existing approaches to mitigate technical RE project risks.

Organisers: IRENA
Contact: Roland Roesch, rroesch@irena.org
Website: irena.org


On-farm renewables and sustainable intensification to address climate change and food security

When: 15:00 – 16:30, 09 November 2017
Where: Pacific 150

Opportunities to enhance food security through sustainable intensification and transforming the worlds energy systems through renewable energy co-benefits and trade-offs around land use and deforestation concerns and exploration of funding options with real-life experiences of farmers.

Organisers: Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Contact: Drew Black, drew@canadian-farmers.ca
Website: www.wfo-oma.com


November 10

Integrating Energy Access into NDCs to Build Inclusive and Climate Resilient Economic Development

When: 10:00 – 11:15, 10 November 2017
Where: WWF Pavilion

This event is hosted by WWF, the Alliance of CSOs for clean energy access (ACCESS). It brings together expert speakers from government, civil society, academia and private sector. to discuss how integrating energy access into NDCs can build more climate resilient and inclusive economic development.

Organisers: WWF
Contact: Gaurav Dahal, gaurav.dahal@wwfnepal.org
Website: www.panda.org


Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action: Energy Day

When: 10:00 – 17:30, 10 November 2017
Where: Meeting Room 12, Bonn Zone

Energy Day at COP23 will tell the story of the ongoing energy transformation, showcase success stories, take stock of commitments made, and offer recommendations on the way forward. Participants will share their visions for the future of energy; companies will describe why they are going 100% renewable, leaders of energy efficiency initiatives will demonstrate the business case for their work; state, region and city leaders will discuss ambitious climate and clean energy policies; and industry leaders will showcase innovation and breakthroughs in their fields. Speakers will also identify obstacles and challenges, and the means to overcome them.

(10:00-11:30) The State of Play - Leaders in low carbon solutions, disparate geographies and civil society discuss their energy transition journeys.

(11:30-13:00) Enabling Change - Participants will illustrate through real-life examples the multiple benefits and challenges that energy transformation brings for growth, social inclusion, jobs, and wider environmental objectives.

(14:00-16:00) Catalysing Action - Participants will discuss energy transition pathways and business models across geographies, technologies and sectors.

(16:15-17:30) Accelerating Progress - In order to accelerate progress, actionable measures will be identified by participants and implementation steps to be taken in 2018 and by 2020 will be discussed.  

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




Transformational pathways towards universal energy access

When: 11:00 – 12:00, 10 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Meeting universal energy access (SDG7) while reducing climate impact requires transformational changes. This event examines practical solutions on energy transition pathways (including both electricity access and clean cooking) linking to policy making, informed by integrated energy planning models. Panelists: - Roelof Buffinga, Head of Climate & Energy at the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs - Ram Prasad Dhital, Executive Director Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Ministry of Population and Environment Nepal - Andries Hof, PhD, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) - SNV expert on Integrated Energy Planning and practice Moderator: Clare Shakya, Director Climate Change, IIED

Organisers: SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Contact: Rianne Teule, rteule@snv.org
Website: www.snv.org


The Global Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative

When: 12:15 – 1:45, 10 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

This event will introduce our work on the “Global Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative” which aims at standardising contracts to streamline and scale up the global development and financing of solar projects, to contribute to meeting the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Participants from various stakeholder groups will be invited to discuss the objectives, structure and design of the Initiative, and explore ways to ensure successful uptake of the standardised contract package.

Organisers: IRENA and Terrawatt Initiative (TWI)
Contact: Joanne Jungmin Lee, jlee@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


Sharing the Climate Action Platform – Equipping Non-State Actors to Participate in the Energy Transition

When: 13:30 – 15:00, 10 November 2017
Where: WWF Pavilion

The “Sharing the Climate Action Platform –Equipping Non-State Actors to Participate in the Energy Transition” side event will foster debate on the means to ensure further involvement and engagement of non-state actors in the construction of an energy transition and the implementation of effective climate action. In detail, it will embrace an open exchange of views on innovative ideas that can deliver more effective participation of non-state actors in accelerating renewable energy deployment, as well as the limitations that non-state actors face in effectively supporting efforts of state actors to deploy renewables at scales consistent with Paris Agreement goals.

Organisers: WWF and REN21
Contact: Tabaré Arroyo Currás, tacurras@wwfmex.org
Website: www.panda.org


Modeling 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

When: 14:00 – 14:30, 10 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

There are many high-ambition scenarios being submitted to the IPCC, but none of them scientifically model grid-integration of renewables with other sustainable fuels to meet 100% of projected energy demand for all purposes by 2050. This panel featuring, Sven Teske of University of Technology Sydney, will delve into the science of regional energy modeling and how it can transform the way we think about high-ambition climate mitigation scenarios.

Organisers: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Contact: Karl Burkart, karl@ldcfoundation.org
Website: leonardodicaprio.org


Just Energy Transition in Emerging Economies: opportunities & challenges for disruptive changes in energy markets

When: 16:00 – 18:00, 10 November 2017
Where: Turkish Pavilion

The vulnerability to the impacts of an energy transition is a function of foresight and planning, as much as it is a function of natural resources endowment and existing economic structures. In both cases, emerging economies are among usual suspects that will be impacted the most, and where decisions must be made so the energy transition is just. A just energy transition is a broad and participatory social process that seeks to reconcile economic development with energy sustainability and social dignity, particularly for workers.The objective of this panel is to discuss the sectoral, local and national challenges and responses associated with this just energy transition in emerging economies. This panel will focus on macroeconomic, sectoral, regional and/or enterprise level policies implemented by state and non-state actors to enable just energy transition in emerging economies.

Organisers: WWF / Sabancı University İstanbul Policy Center
Contact: Mustafa Özgür Berke, Climate & Energy Chief WWF Turkey, MBERKE@wwf.org.tr
Website: www.panda.org


Maximising the community benefits of large-scale renewable energy deployment

When: 16:00 – 17:30, 10 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The socio-economic benefits of renewable energy are gaining prominence as a key consideration among decision-makers, including the economy-wide impacts of the energy transition pathways in terms of employment, incomes, welfare and local industrial development. IRENA is organising a side-event on “Maximising the community benefits of large-scale renewable energy deployment” on November 10 from 4 to 5.30 PM. The side-event will discuss measures to maximise the local benefits from renewable energy projects and what role different actors play in achieving a just, efficient and sustainable energy transition. During the side-event, IRENA will present preliminary findings from its latest analysis on key lessons and best practices that can be drawn from utility-scale renewable energy project development in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by a panel discussion.

Organisers: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Contact: Rabia Ferroukhi, RFerroukhi@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


November 11

Low-Carbon Energy Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative

When: 10:00 – 11:30, 11 November 2017
Where: WWF PandaHub, Bonn Zone

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the initiative of joint development proposed by President Xi Jinping of China to work with countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa to jointly build infrastructure to promote economic development, connectivity, and prosperity. The energy sector is a key focus for the initiative, and an area in which China can work with other countries, particularly developing countries, to build low carbon renewable and green energy infrastructure. This side event will highlight examples of Chinese and other developing countries cooperating on low-carbon power and industrial development, and highlight opportunities for expanding renewables and low-carbon development under the Belt and Road Initiative.

Organisers: WWF, NRDC
Contact: Noah Lerner, nlerner@nrdc-china.org
Website: www.nrdc.cn


Visionary Leadership for the transition to a 1.5 °C temperature limit with clean technology

When: 14:00 – 15:30, 11 November 2017
Where: EU Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Today, leaders need to create systemic change if we are to effectively pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C. A leader’s ability to create the needed action begins with a profound shift in mindset. Different pioneers in the transition, including those to create a secure renewable energy supply, will share their visions and strategies.

Organisers: Brahma Kumaris
Contact: Sonja Ohlsson, sonja.ohlsson@dk.brahmakumaris.org
Website: www.eco.brahmakumaris.org


November 12

COP23 Renewable Energy Day: Accelerating the Global Energy Transition

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

With benefits extending far beyond reduced emissions, the global energy transition has the potential to advance multiple social, economic and environmental benefits including, employment, education, potential GDP growth, energy access, and reduced air pollution and health impacts. National and local governments around the world, civil society and the private sector are embarking on a pathway to achieve the greatest energy transformation since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

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

Bringing together leading thinkers and doers in the energy sector, the conference will highlight:

  • success stories featuring cross-border and cross-sector integration and cooperation

  • benefits of energy transformation and engaging a broad spectrum of actors

  • paradigm-shifting technologies and approaches.

For more information and to register please visit our website.

Attendance: 250-300 participants.  The conference is open to the private sector, representatives of governments (national, regional, and local) journalists, NGOs, academics and members of the public.




COP 23 Special Event - Global Renewable Energy Forum (GREF) 2017

When: 9:30 – 17:30, 12 November 2017
Where: Hotel Koenigshof, Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn, Germany

COP 23 in Bonn, presided over by the Republic of Fiji and organized by UNFCCC in November 2017, will focus on turning the words and commitments of the Paris Agreement into measurable actions by all countries.

Implementing climate action measures and energy transition policies in the post-Paris Agreement world requires a systemic approach that connects the power sector (e.g., via electrification) with prominent end-use sectors such as transport and housing in innovative and integrated ways (e.g., via ICT) in cities, countries, and regions around the world.

Following the success of GREF 2016, which focused on the power sector, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Bonn Office (Germany) in cooperation with UNFCCC, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, continues with GREF 2017 titled "Towards a Low Carbon, Green Energy Future”.

The COP 23 Special Event - Global Renewable Energy Forum (GREF) 2017 provides added value to the COP 23 policy discussions by:

  1. Engaging and informing an international audience on state-of-the-art, energy transition applications and policies in two key sectors: Transport (e.g., strategy roadmaps, electric vehicles, batteries, ‘mobility as a service’, and diesel phase out policies); and Innovative, Integrated Systems (e.g., smart cities, heating and cooling);

  2. Highlighting the link between land, renewable energy, and climate change; and by

  3. Showcasing innovative ways for enabling energy access in the Global South.

Both transport and integrated systems constitute the new frontier in translating and implementing the Paris Agreement into practical policies and pointing the global community towards a low carbon, green energy future beyond COP 23.

Follow us on twitter: @GREF2017

Attendance: 170-200 participants.

Organisers: Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Bonn Office (Germany)
Contact: Jamil Balga, energie_bonn@mofa.go.kr
Website: twitter.com


Part of the plan: The role of low carbon fuels in the transport decarbonisation

When: 18:30 – 20:00, 12 November 2017
Where: Room 12, Bonn Zone

The IEA 2-degree scenario requires near complete decarbonisation of the transport sector before 2100. While progress is being made in reducing emissions through better vehicle efficiency and uptake of electric vehicles, a rapid and complete transition is not possible without widespread use of low carbon fuels. This session will highlight new alternative fuel technologies and demonstrate how appropriate enabling policies can promote the expansion of this sector while also ensuring that high sustainability standards are met. Speakers will address the topic from three related angles; (i) Industry perspectives, (ii) Regional experience and (iii) Policy insights. Speakers from industry will provide concrete examples of where policies have helped or hindered technological advances and growth of the low carbon fuels industry. Perspectives from Australia and Brazil will be shared. The session will conclude with recommendations from policy experts on the creation and implementation of low carbon fuel policies.

Organisers: below50 - WBCSD
Contact: Tanya Strevens, strevens@wbcsd.org
Website: below50.org


November 13

The Future Role of the NAMA Facility in Unlocking Finance for Ambitious Mitigation Actions

When: 9:30 – 11:00, 13 November 2017
Where: European Union Pavilion, Bonn Zone, Room Tallinn

• Get an update on the NAMA Facility’s developments and commitments • Find out about upcoming opportunities to engage with the NAMA Facility • Engage and link up with the NAMA Facility Community • Q&A for media and audience

Organisers: NAMA Facility
Contact: Ash Sharma, ash.sharma@nama-facility.org
Website: www.nama-facility.org


Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Day: Strengthening Resilience through Energy Transformation

When: 10:00 – 17:00, 13 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone & Kunstmuseum

To draw attention to the unique context of small island developing states (SIDS) with regards to the global energy transformation, IRENA is dedicating a full day of SIDS-focused programming at the IRENA Pavilion.  IRENA's SIDS work at COP23 will culminate in a high-level ministerial discussion and reception at the Bonn Art Museum (Kunstmuseum).  The discussion will take place within the framework of IRENA’s SIDS Lighthouses Initiative and presents an opportunity for leaders to share their priorities with regards to climate change.  

IRENA Pavilion Events: 

  • 10:30 – 11:45

    Transforming the energy landscape in SIDS

    IRENA, Maldives, Marshall Islands, France, Norway, CARICOM, Antigua and Barbuda, UN LLCs & SIDS

     

    12:00 – 13:15

    Strengthening resilience to climate change and facilitating implementation of NDCs

    Antigua and Barbuda, FIJI, Comoros, St Vincent, Germany, Italy, Green Climate Fund

     

    14:15 –16:45

    Supporting SIDS energy sector transformation

    Various Case Studies

High-Level Dialogue and Reception, Kunstmuseum, 18:30-21:00

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




November 14

Enhancing the Pipeline of Investment Ready Projects and Deal Flows for Renewable Energy

When: 9:15 – 10:30, 14 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The panel discussion at COP 23 will bring together experienced finance and development professionals to identify the most critical obstacles to advancing the pipeline development Renewable Energy projects and their financing, and discuss ways to scale up RE finance, including the role of tools and services like the Marketplace 2.0. The event will engage experts from financial and development institutions to explore options of scaling up RE investment, attracting institutional investors, and to identify priorities for future work.

Organisers: Arjun Guha
Contact: Arjun Guha, aguha@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


Paving the way for low carbon development

When: 10:30 – 11:30, 14 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

How to support decentralized renewable energy solutions as key solution for energy access for all by 2030? 

The provision of access to affordable, reliable and modern energy, as adopted by governments as one of the Sustainable Development Goals, is crucial for the eradication of poverty, for increasing resilience and for combating climate chance. However, based on the recently published Global Tracking Framework, progress towards universal energy access is too slow and rural areas are left behind.

Decentralised energy is the fastest and most affordable way to power rural areas and reach the poorest. It is a key ingredient to support communities without access to energy in their development, while leapfrogging fossil fuels and avoiding the increase of future emissions. Several barriers however prevent a quick uptake of decentralised solutions, hampering the low carbon development of countries.

This session will highlight a variety of solutions and main challenges. Speakers from public and private sector

  • share innovative means to overcome specific barriers around the uptake of decentralised renewable energy
  • analyse how donors and financial institutions can improve support, e.g. through the new EU External Investment Plan and its instruments

Panellists

  • Sigrid Kaag - Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Government of the Netherlands (tbc)
  • Paul Mbuthi - Directorate of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, Government of Kenya (tbc)
  • Ram Prasad Dhital - Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Government of Nepal
  • Gilles Vermot Desroches - Strategy & Performance Director Access to Energy program, Schneider Electric
  • San Bilal - Head of Programme Trade, Investment and Finance, Economic and Agricultural Transformation Programme, ECDPM
  • Eco Matser - Head of Energy, Climate and Development programme, Hivos

Moderator

  • Carol Gribnau - Director Green Society, Hivos

Organisers: Hivos
Contact: Rita Poppe, rpoppe@hivos.org
Website: www.hivos.org


Renewable energy solutions to meet the 1.5C target

When: 11:30 – 13:00, 14 November 2017
Where: Meeting Room 7

Scaling-up renewable energy is essential for implementing the Paris Agreement and reaching the SDGs. The event will unveil current trends and developments, discuss system security and economic integration of high shares of RE into the grid and address the social dimension of the energy transition.

Organisers: REN21, RGI, WFC
Contact: Matilde Doni, matilde@renewables-grid.eu
Website: renewables-grid.eu


Country Support for the Up-scaling of Renewable Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

When: 12:00 – 13:00, 14 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavillon, Bonn Zone

Context Sub-Saharan Africa faces an enormous energy challenge. Its growing population and economic progress has sent energy demand soaring. This calls for a rapid increase in supply on the continent, to which renewable energy must contribute in the decades ahead. Africa therefore has a unique opportunity to pursue sustainable energy development as a basis for long-term prosperity. Africa is richly endowed with fossil-based and renewable energy sources. However, a continued reliance on oil and gas along with traditional biomass combustion for energy will bring considerable social, economic and environmental constraints. Tackling today’s energy challenge on the continent and preparing for tomorrow’s needs, therefore, requires a firm commitment to the accelerated use of modern renewable energy sources. Created in 2011, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. IRENA, in collaboration with key national and regional partners, has undertaken a number of initiatives to support Sub-Saharan African countries in their expansion of renewables deployment. These initiatives include but not limited to: - the conducting of the Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) process, a holistic assessment of the conditions for renewables deployment on the ground, - the promotion of a sustainable market for PV systems in the ECOWAS region through ProSPER, with the goal of strengthening local capacities to accelerate deployment of solar PV systems, - the establishment of the Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship Support Facility to strengthen the capacity of entrepreneurs in Eastern and Western Africa - the implementation of Clean Energy Corridors to promote the cross-border trade of renewable power by creating the conditions to facilitate a steady flow of bankable renewables-based generation as well as transmission projects, - capacity enhancement for the development of bankable renewable energy projects IRENA is therefore organising a 1-hour side-event on 14 November 2017 at 12:00 to present its work on supporting Sub-Saharan African countries and sub-regions in their efforts for up-scaling the adoption of renewable energy. Objective The main objective of this side-event is to provide an overview of IRENA’s engagement in Sub- Saharan Africa as well as its impact and discuss the key factors for a successful acceleration of the deployment of renewables in the region and possible synergies with the global climate action. Expected Outcomes The key outcome of this side-event is to expose to the climate community the extent of IRENA’s engagement with Sub-Saharan African countries and sub-regions and share the successes and challenges the Agency encountered in its interventions in the region. The event will also aim to gather views and ideas regarding the inclusion of the climate aspects IRENA’s endeavours in Sub- Saharan Africa. Agenda 1. Opening by Mrs. Safiatou Alzouma Nouhou (5mns) 2. Presentation of IRENA’s engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa by Mr. Nopenyo Dabla IRENA (20 minutes) 3. Interventions Mr. Mahama Kappiah – ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (5 minutes) Mr Kudakwashe Ndhlukula – SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (5 minutes) 4. Open discussions

Organisers: IRENA
Contact: Nopenyo Dabla, ndabla@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


Renewable energy market instruments to accelerate the RE transition and deliver impact to the SDGs

When: 15:30 – 16:30, 14 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The private sector can play a large role in helping drive the transition towards 100% renewables. Building on 15 years experience ensuring environmental integrity and sustainable development in carbon markets, Gold Standard has launched a new label for renewable energy attributes certificates. This instrument was developed to ensure a just and sustainable energy transition with special emphasis on social and environmental safeguards as well as stakeholder inclusivity, which are seldom taken into consideration by corporate buyers of renewable energy. This event will discuss the impetus for developing this label, how it can allow renewable markets to help accelerate the transition to renewable energy by adding new renewable capacity to grids around the world.

Organisers: Gold Standard + CDP
Contact: Sarah Leugers, sarah.leugers@goldstandard.org
Website: www.goldstandard.org


Renewable Energy Solutions for Forest Conservation and REDD

When: 17:45 – 18:45, 14 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Bioenergy is currently the primary energy source for 2.7 billion people worldwide. Especially in rural areas of Africa and Asia, the demand of using the biomass from forests is quite high. Deforestation and forest degradation can cause serious impacts on local communities. This side event will present and discuss on how renewable energy have a potential to contribute to REDD+ by a GIS modelling tool, how well fuel-efficient stoves and biogas in rural Africa are being promoted recently, how business and research on rural bioenergy and other renewable energy options are successfully introduced, while conserving biodiversity and achieving development objectives and how the technology to convert locally available biomass to biofuel developed. Presenters includes various professionals from government, development agency, NGO, private sector and research institute.

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Opening Remarks:  Water, Food and Energy Security and Rural Community --- Eduardo Mansur, Director, Water and Land Development Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Panel 1: Potential Role of Renewable Energy for REDD+ in Mozambique - Joaquim Macuacua, Head, Repartition of Mapping and Data Base Management, National Directorate of Forestry, Ministry of Land, Environment and Rural Development of Mozambique/Candidate, MSc. Amsterdam University, Netherland

Panel 2: REDD+ and bioenergy Project in Togo – Andreas Schleenbaecker, Chef de Programme ProREDD, GIZ Togo

Panel 3: Various Biogas & Cook stove options booming in Ghana – Lovans Owusu- Takyi, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Solutions (ISEES) Ghana

Panel 4: Community based Jatropha energy project & electric money system in Northern Mozambique– Makoto Goda, CEO, Nippon Biodiesel Fuel Co. Ltd.

Panel 5: Sustainable mangrove forest management for sustainability of bioenergy – Fairus Mulia, IPM., Board, The Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires/ Senior Advisor, Indonesia Mangrove Research and Development Institute Panel 6: R&D bio-residue to energy development – Yasuko Inoue (Bioenergy Analyst, IRENA/Research Coordinator, JIRCAS)

Organisers: IRENA, JIRCAS
Contact: Yasuko Inoue, YInoue@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


November 15

Shifting Public Finance: How Public Finance Can Support Clean Energy Access at Scale and Stop Funding Fossils - Making the Big Shift for 1.5C

When: 10:00 – 11:00, 15 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The Big Shift Global's vision is for all people to have access to clean and affordable renewable energy. We want a world without illnesses from pollution or fear of climate change from carbon emissions. The Multi-lateral Development Banks manage and invest huge amounts of public money in development projects. We need them to get all their money out of dirty fossil fuels and into affordable renewable energy to reach and benefit even the most vulnerable and remote communities. This would have a huge financial impact and set a gold standard that other public and private banks would then aspire to. Join us to hear more about the campaign, and the research behind it, from a panel of speakers.

Organisers: Big Shift Global coalition
Contact: Jo Mountford, jmountford@christian-aid.org
Website: bigshiftglobal.org


Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges for Clean Water Desalination

When: 11:30 – 13:00, 15 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance – GCWDA - was launched at COP21 to bring together key water desalination and clean energy stakeholders with the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s water desalination plants. GCWDA which regroups over 150 leading infrastructure, research and technology corporations as well as public and civil society players, is working to create an inclusive and neutral multi-stakeholder platform that brings together all actors that share a common vision of environmentally friendly water desalination with low or no CO2 emissions. This event will explore the following topics, among others: - Ways to secure clean and affordable energy - Mauritius and Cape Verde Island Roadmaps - Market opportunities for renewable energy-powered clean water desalination deployment

Organisers: Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance
Contact: Aliz Crowley, ACrowley@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


Transport, Renewables, and Climate

When: 14:00 – 15:00, 15 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Presentations and discussions on the role of renewable energy in mitigating CO2 emissions in the transport sector.

Moderated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

14:00-14:10 A Renewable Route to Sustainable Transport Nicholas Wagner, Associate Programme Officer, Renewable Energy Roadmaps, IRENA

14:10-14:20 Renewables in Transport – Key findings from the Global Status Report 2017 Hannah Murdock, Project Manager and Analyst, REN21

14:30-14:40 Renewables in Transport – A German Perspective Christian Hochfeld or Holger Dalkmann, Executive Director, Agora Verkehrswende

14:40-14.50 Electric-mobility in Mexico City Sergio Castellanos, Director, University of California at Berkeley – Mexico Energy and Climate Initiative

14:50-15:00 Panel Discussion and Q&A

Organisers: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Contact: Nicholas Wagner, nwagner@irena.org
Website: www.irena.org


Implementing renewable energy targets in African NDCs

When: 15:00 – 16:30, 15 November 2017
Where: Meeting Room 6 (300)

With a burgeoning population and rapid economic growth, Africa has among the world’s highest potential energy demand.  Furthermore, 52 out of 54 African countries mention renewable energy in their NDCs, generating strong potential to drive rapid growth in renewable energy capacity through 2030.  The side event will explore the role of climate policies in facilitating financial flows to renewable energy projects, on leveraging sustainable private finance, and risk mitigation.

15 Nov 2017, 15:00-16:30, Meeting Room 6 (300)

Organisers: IRENA


The role of renewables to meet the 1.5C temperature target

When: 15:30 – 16:30, 15 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The event will demonstrate the central roles of renewables and energy efficiency in achieving the 1.5C target. An advance copy of the IPCCC report on 1.5C is expected as early as January 2018. This event is therefore a good opportunity to raise awareness of how renewables and energy efficiency can, applied in tandem, help make the 1.5C target possible to achieve. Speakers: - CAN International (Stephan Singer): climate perspective and role of energy efficiency - IRENA (TBD): Future uptake of renewables (possible suggestion) - REN21 (Laura Williamson) the role renewables in reaching 1.5C - CVF/Pacific Island representative (TBD) what does t it takes to stop climate change - Representative of the Indian government (TBD) renewables and challenges in advancing industrial development

Organisers: CAN International and REN21
Contact: Hala Kilani, hkilani@climatenetwork.org
Website: www.climatenetwork.org


Providing NEXUS Solutions: Improving Livelihoods through Regional Cooperation

When: 16:30 – 18:00, 15 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

The first meeting of the African Sustainable Energy Centres is organised to deliberate on the most effective ways for regional cooperation to foster the nexus approach on energy, agriculture, water, health and gender aspects.   

Organisers: African Sub-Network of Sustainable Energy Centres
Contact: Karin Reiss , K.REISS@unido.org
Website: www.se4allnetwork.org


November 16

From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South – What role can local energy practitioners and existing knowledge networks play?

When: 9:00 – 13:00, 16 November 2017
Where: Post Tower PT Lounge, Platz der Deutschen Post

Following the adoption of the Paris agreement and the SDG Agenda 2030, the focus of debate is shifting towards (a) how to connect the implementation of both agendas and find synergies; and (b) how to involve and strengthen activities of non-state actors at local level. Energy practitioners are key actors on the frontline of efforts to provide energy services to unelectrified and under-served areas, thereby contributing to several SDGs simultaneously. 
At the same time, energy practitioner knowledge networks have proven to be successful in strengthening capacities and exchange of know-how. 
Despite this background, the role of energy practitioners as change agents is often not recognised by themselves, nor reflected in the debates on the SDGs and climate action. In this panel discussion and two following workshops we would like to discuss these aspects with experts from different fields in the climate, energy and development contexts and with practitioners from Latin America and Asia. 
 If you would like to participate, we would appreciate if you could send us a short note to info@wisions.net

Organisers: Wuppertal Institute / WISIONS Initiative
Contact: Carmen Dienst, info@wisions.net
Website: www.wisions.net


Why Wait? Seizing the Energy Access Dividend

When: 10:00 – 10:45, 16 November 2017
Where: Bonn Zone press conference room

The Why Wait? Seizing The Energy Access Dividend report, produced in partnership between Power for All and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), supported by the Oversees Development Institute, explores the wide-ranging benefits that come with faster access to energy services. It provides a framework to measure the economic, social and environmental benefits that result from the accelerated delivery of electricity at the household and national level through decentralized solutions at different Tiers of energy service.

Organisers: SEforALL and Power for All
Contact: Beth Woodthorpe-Evans and William Brent, william@powerforall.org
Website: www.seforall.org


Clean Energy Market Powered by One Platform

When: 11:00 – 12:00, 16 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

Costs of solar energy can be pushed down to affordable levels in most countries due to continuous innovation, both in solar technology, but also in financial technology and risk management. Making solar investments attractive to large institutional investors and pension funds will result in a double win: investors can increase diversification and returns, and the world can achieve climate objectives and SDGs.

Organisers: Terawatt TCX IRENA
Contact: Linda Wood, linda.wood@twi.team
Website: terawatt.org


Financing transformative, resilient development outcomes: Approaches from Eastern and Southern Africa

When: 11:30 – 13:00, 16 November 2017
Where: Meeting Room 7

How can countries use climate finance to transition to low-emission, climate-resilient development pathways? This side event explores what financing paradigm-shifting transformative development looks like in practice, based on experiences from Namibia, Swaziland & the Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia.

Organisers: SouthSouthNorth, REEEP, ICETT, Namibia, Swaziland
Contact: Maria van Veldhuizen, maria.veldhuizen@reeep.org
Website: www.reeep.org


High-Level Roundtable on “Geothermal in the Global Energy Transformation: What way forward?”

When: 14:30 – 16:00, 16 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavilion, Bonn Zone

This High-Level Roundtable on “Geothermal in the Global Energy Transformation: What way forward?” will gather high-level representatives to examine how geothermal energy can play a role in the achievement of decarbonisation goals and in the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs). The event will also offer an opportunity to discuss how the GGA can further contribute to facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices, mobilising finance to unlock geothermal investments and providing modern and sustainable energy services for all countries. The event is organised by IRENA under the umbrella of the Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) initiative, which was launched during COP21 in December 2015 to serve as a global platform for improved dialogue, cooperation and coordinated action among policy makers, industry, and other stakeholders. The Alliance, composed of over 70 member countries and partner institutions from across the globe, aims to improve the environment for geothermal energy development so to achieve a five-fold growth in the global installed capacity for geothermal power generation and a two-fold growth for geothermal heating by 2030.

 View the concept note.

Organisers: IRENA/Global Geothermal Alliance
Contact: Salvatore Vinci, gga@irena.org
Website: www.globalgeothermalalliance.org


100% Renewable Energy in Tanzania: The low-cost option to become middle income country

When: 16:00 – 17:30, 16 November 2017
Where: IRENA Pavillion, Bonn Zone

By deploying 100% renewable energy, Tanzania can provide access to reliable energy for all its citizens, while increasing living standards to the level of industrialized countries by 2050. This is the conclusion of a scientific study that will be presented by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Climate Action Network Tanzania (CAN Tanzania), Brot für die Welt and the World Future Council (WFC) at this side event. The study reveals that generating electricity from renewable sources is about 30% cheaper than from fossil resources. To achieve 100% renewable energy in Tanzania, an approximate investment US$4.5 - 9 billion per year until 2050 is required, depending on whether one includes the transport sector. While this would be about US $3.2 billion more than the reference scenario, fuel cost saving would add up to US $5.3 billion, proving that 100% RE is the significantly cheaper pathway. Hence, the study shows how 100% RE is a realistic pathway for Tanzania to align with the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. While it proves the technical and economic feasibility of 100% RE in the African country, a 1,5 years multi-stakeholder dialogue facilitated by three organizations has unveiled a policy roadmap that guides implementation of the study. The side event provides a platform to enhance this conversation and share learnings with delegates from other countries, particularly members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum.

Organisers: World Future Council
Contact: Anna Leidreiter, Anna.Leidreiter@worldfuturecouncil.org
Website: www.worldfuturecouncil.org


Achieving 100% Renewable Power Supply for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

When: 16:45 – 18:15, 16 November 2017
Where: Meeting Room 9

This side event will discuss the formulation of energy roadmaps for SIDS, how international climate finance can unlock the potential towards 100% renewable energies and present the Energy Roadmap of the Seychelles to derive a 100% renewable power supply by 2035.

Organisers: Seychelles & ClimateNet
Contact: Björn Dransfeld, sw@thegreenwerk.net
Website: seors.unfccc.int


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