COP24 is expected to finalise the rules for implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Numerous (co-hosted) REN21 events collectively outline where we are and what needs to happen to make renewables front and center of any climate action.

Come and hear about Renewable Energy for cities: achieving the 1.5°C goal at the jointly hosted WWF/REN21 event, Tuesday 4 December, WWF Pavilion, 16:30 – 18:00.

On Friday 7 December, we are pleased to invite you to our event about Improving Multi-level Governance through Better Reporting 17:00 – 18:00 at the GEIDCO-DESA Pavilion.

We are also co-organising an official UNFCCC side event with WFC AND IASS “Delivering Renewables at Scale: A must to meet the Paris Agreement” on Wednesday, 12 December. Members of the REN21 Secretariat and REN21 Community look forward to seeing you 16.45 – 18.15 in Side Event Room: Warmia.

Meet us to see how our multi-stakeholder approach can help accelerate the energy transformation!  We are at Booth 33 in the Spodek Arena.

#Renewables4Climate is a global initiative to raise awareness about renewable energy as a key solution to climate change. Go to its website for an overview of all renewables-related events happening at COP24, including those of REN21’s.


download4 December, 16:30 – 18:00, WWF Pavillion

This joint REN21 and WWF event will look at the leading role cities and non-state actors can play in achieving the dual goal of achieving 1.5 °C and driving the energy transition with renewables.

Local governments have legislative and purchasing power that they can use to implement change in their own operations, in the wider community and ultimately push for change at regional and national level. With such capacity, local governments can become beacons for change in their region or country, demonstrating the effectiveness of policies and local action to reach the 1.5C objective. Non-state actors can support these initiatives through mobilising citizen engagement.


download7 December 2018, 14:00-15:00, GEIDCO-DESA Pavilion.

REN21 welcomes you to its event on Renewable Energy at COP24.

Watch more here.

download 8 December 2018, 9:00-10:00, UNFCCC Action Hub

Release of “Transport and Climate Change Report: Global status report” of Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCat) looking at the role of transport in climate neutrality. The report is based on REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report.

Watch the session here.

download 8 December 2018, 11:00-12:00, Polish Pavilion

Decarbonising city and road transportation. Hosted by Ethanol Europe and Climate Ethanol Alliance.

Find REN21 power point slides here.



download 12 December 2018,16:45-18:15, Side Event Room: Warmia

We know that renewables can contribute to decarbonisation.  What we are still struggling with is how to achieve the scale necessary to remain below 1.5C

It’s clear that we need to reframe the narrative so as to engage governments and financial institutions to support an exponential increase in renewable energy deployment

To do this we need to:

  • know where we stand
  • understand what is possible
  • provide compelling examples of success to mobilise resources

This event will debate what it takes to get the resources necessary for this exponential increase. The idea is to create a productive tension to change the thinking about getting renewables to scale.

This official side event is co-hosted by REN21, World Future Council and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

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Renewables can play a key role meeting the Paris Agreement

The main objective of COP24 is to adopt decisions to achieve the implementation of the Paris Agreement “COP21”: maintain global temperature increases at “well below 2°C Celsius” by 2100.

REN21’s Renewables 2018 Global Status Report clearly documents that to reach this objective there must be serious uptake of renewables in the heating and transport sectors, while sustaining and increasing level of renewables in the power sector.

Only 48 countries around the world, have national renewable energy targets for heating and cooling in while 146 countries have renewable energy targets in the electricity sector.

Encourage and evaluate the actions of each country in meeting climate commitments

COP24 will assess the impact of countries’ efforts to maintain or reduce their global emissions to fight global warming. It also will support the implementation of each country’s commitments through a “facilitation dialogue”.

Even if renewable energy now account for 70% of the world’s new electricity production capacity (the largest increase in renewable energy production capacity in modern history), efforts must be continued and new practices encouraged to try to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Decarbonising our energy sector with renewables provides such a solution.  

During this 2018 climate summit, countries will demonstrate how they plan to achieve neutrality in terms of greenhouse gas emissions: this is what REN21, present at COP24 and at all major international energy events, has been working on for almost 15 years.


REN21 Interview

During COP24, REN21’s Duncan Gibb and Bärbel Höhn (member of of the German Bundestag 2005-2017) were interviewed by Emory University master’s student Candelaria Bergero. Interesting insights on renewable energy targets from GSR 2018: “We see positive progress in the power sector, yet renewable energy targets in heating and transport are less ambitious and more short-term.”

The undeniable truth about #renewableenergy is that we can make a difference if we all work together 💪 Cartoonist: @bannermancomics #RenewablesCartoons #FridayFeeling

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