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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 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.

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 best practices in community energy, the Group continues to develop actionable insights and engage with stakeholders to scale up community energy initiatives 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 launched a brief on technical considerations for 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

  • 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.

Supported Events and Campaigns

  • 28 – 30 June 2022 | Rimini, Italy

    World Wind Energy Conference 2022 (WWEC2022)

    The twentieth edition of World Wind Energy Conference with an in-person conference will be co-organised by World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and the Italian Wind Energy Association (ANEV). The event will convene 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.


The Green Hydrogen Certification Brief

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.

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).

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