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 120 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.
The Coalition offers a number of opportunities to engage in the below working groups and IRENA’s strategic and programmatic activities.
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.
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.
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 is currently undertaking work on green hydrogen certification.
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.
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.
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.
17 January 2022
13 January 2022
28 September 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
#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
#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
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
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
#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
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.
24 – 26 November 2021 | New Delhi, IndiaCommunity Energy Toolkit: Best practices for broadening the ownership of renewables will be launched during the conference on 25 November.
10 November 2021 | Glasgow, UK
16 September 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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), Tunisia (2020), South Africa (2021) 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.
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.View All Members