"Race to Zero" Energy Day Concludes with Call to Act on Energy Transition

16 November 2020| Articles


Transforming the energy system is central to global climate action. With governments around the world taking drastic action and injecting trillions of public monies into economies to stimulate a COVID-19 recovery, non-state actors of the global energy community today sent a strong call for policy-makers to make a sharp turn towards a climate-safe future by prioritising the energy transition globally.

Opening the IRENA-hosted ‘Race to Zero Energy Dialogues’, IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera emphasized that it is time to ‘walk the talk’: “This means fully aligning the recovery with the 1.5-degree pathway and a holistic policy approach for a just transition. And above all, global solidarity to advance a ‘global green deal’ that leaves nobody behind.”

To amplify climate action in 2020 and build momentum around the shift to a decarbonised economy, Champions for Global Climate Action convened the series of ‘Race to Zero Dialogues’.

Dialogues aim to enable collaboration between governments and non-state actors from cities, regions, businesses and investors and chart how entire sectors are already rapidly transitioning to a zero-carbon future, as defined in the UN’s Climate Action Pathways. As such Dialogues will set the stage for the Anniversary of the Paris Agreement on 12 December and pave the way to ‘Race to Zero’ towards COP26 in 2021.

Today’s ‘Race to Zero Dialogues on Energy’ convened leaders from the energy transition covering policy-makers, business investors and the civil society in two sessions organised by IRENA, namely on the role of clean energy in COVID recovery and green hydrogen.

"The momentum for green hydrogen is there but we have to address the competitive cap. We see great support from governments around the world to push the supply and demand and trigger necessary investments", said François-Xavier Olivieri representing the Hydrogen Council. 

Speakers widely showcased energy transition solutions and how they can be scaled up and replicated to meet global climate goals.