Renewable Energy and IRENA at COP22

31 October 2016| Articles

Last year’s COP21, the United Nation’s annual climate conference, represented a critical negotiating juncture for the world — a make or break conference that determined whether countries would be able to set aside their differences and address the most pressing issue the modern world has ever faced: global climate change.

COP21’s Paris Agreement, which enters into force on 4 November, calls for limiting average global temperature rise to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels at a minimum. But the fine details of how to do that have not been finalised. This year’s COP22, held from 7 to 18 November, will help determine what concerted actions are needed to avoid catastrophic and irreversible climate change.

IRENA is using this opportunity to promote policies and financial initiatives that will accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, and bring about the decarbonisation of the global economy. Through a series of high level events, called the Renewable Energy Track, IRENA and its partners are bringing together global influencers, decision makers, and key stakeholders at COP22 to discuss and share their renewable energy solutions.

Follow IRENA’s newsroom and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to stay up-to-date with COP22 developments, and find a summary of IRENA's COP22 renewable energy events below.

More details about all of the renewable energy events at COP, visit the RE-energising website.

Download the PDF version of IRENA schedule here.

Event Details Event Description Event Partners
11 November

10:00-16:00 @ Blue Zone
Global Climate Action Agenda’s Energy Day

Energy Day at COP22 offers a forum to discuss the fast action needed to drive decarbonisation of the global energy system. A line-up of speakers from a diverse range of governments, business and international organizations will showcase progress, identify obstacles, and explore solutions.
13 November

11:30 – 12:30 @ Hotel Palm Plaza
How Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy Can Accelerate Progress Towards Climate Objectives

This event will discuss the role of corporations in accelerating renewable energy deployment and meeting climate objectives. It will focus on the main drivers of corporate demand for cost-competitive renewable energy, potentials, and the enabling frameworks needed to support various forms of the corporate sourcing of renewables.
13 November

13:30 – 14:30 @ Hotel Palm Plaza
Decarbonising the Global Economy: Thinking Differently to Achieve a Renewable Energy Future

This high level plenary session will focus on opportunities to accelerate renewables deployment to achieve the decarbonisation of the global economy. Special emphasis will be placed on end-use sectors, public-private partnerships, and innovative technologies that can further transform the energy sector.
13 November

14:30 – 15:30 @ Hotel Palm Plaza
Accelerating Renewable Energy Deployment in SIDS

This high level dialogue will take stock of renewable energy progress achieved in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), highlight successful cases of renewable energy deployment, and emphasise priority action areas.
IRENA, Alliance of Small Island States
14 November

18:30-20:00 @ Blue Zone, Austral (Observer room 5)
Realising Renewable Energy Potential Through NDC Implementation

This side event will discuss the process of realising renewable energy potential through Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation. A particular focus will be given to accessing available and emerging financing option, and the importance and opportunities of strengthening partnerships.