Planning with Net-Zero Scenarios: Moving from Political Ambition to Country-Level Pathways

17 December 2020 |Virtual Event


In 2015, the Paris Agreement ensured global commitments were made to reach net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century to limit global warming to 1.5°C and minimize its negative impacts on the ecosystem. In this context, the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has set a mechanism on the formulation and communication of long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies (LT-LEDS) to achieve targets set in the Paris Agreement.

On the 17th of December, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) hosted a high-level policy dialogue that aimed to bring together global experts and leaders to discuss a new institutional planning architecture that aligns long-term energy pathways to politically ambitious net-zero commitments.

As a key outcome of this event, the UNFCCC and IRENA will enhance cooperation in helping countries to align the LTES planning process with the LT-LEDS process by bringing the climate and clean energy transition communities together.

This event was part of the activities led by IRENA under its Long-term Energy Scenarios Network - a global platform for scenario planning practitioners in the government sector to share their experience in the use and development of long-term energy scenarios for the clean energy transition. National energy planning offices and technical institutions supporting government in scenario planning are welcome to join IRENA LTES Network. For more information, please contact

Please find the concept note and agenda of the meeting here.