International Renewable Energy Alliance side event at COP18 in Doha, Qatar, identifies communities as key drivers of climate change mitigation, urges governments, green climate fund to help speed up renewables deployment

Allison Oesterle

Allison Oesterle

Dec 12, 2012 – World Bioenergy Association

STOCKHOLM , December 4, 2012 (press release) – Towards 100 % renewable energy: Case studies and examples from regions and municipalities

REN Alliance Side Event at COP18 concludes:

- Communities have become key drivers of actual climate change mitigation

- Campaign for 100 % renewable energy to be launched

- Governments and Green Climate Fund should give necessary support to speed up renewables deployment

The International Renewable Energy Alliance held today a side even during the COP18 in Doha "Towards 100 % renewable energy: Case studies and examples from regions and municipalities". The aim of the side event was to demonstrate that all over the world, effective climate change mitigation is happening on the ground, by communities, regions and countries that are heading towards a full renewable energy supply.

Speakers from all REN Alliance partners, representing all renewable energy technologies, highlighted municipalities and regions that have reached or are on the way to a 100% renewable energy supply. Examples were presented from Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Senegal, and Sweden.

The Sustainable Business Institute proposed a strategy on how the Green Climate Fund could be approached to become a key institution in supporting renewable energy investment mainly in the developing countries. One instrument would be a global feed-in tariff scheme, as proposed by the REN Alliance already at the COP15 in Copenhagen.

During the discussion, participants of the side event proposed to create a new long-term strategy for climate change mitigation, which focusses on a 100 % renewable energy future. Such a strategy could bypass the current blockage of the climate change negotiations that are mainly centered around burden sharing and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Strong support came from the audience for such proposal to work on a campaign for 100 % renewable energy.

It was also agreed that national policies and international frameworks such as the Green Climate Fund could speed up this transition towards renewable energy.

About the International Renewable Energy Alliance:
The International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance) was formed during the Bonn 2004 International Renewable Energy Conference, and has been established to advance policy and information on renewable energy by providing a combined voice for renewable energy technology and practice.

The REN Alliance bridges the gap between policy and practice by building on the synergy of its partner organisations to achieve progress through their collective experience and knowledge. The partners comprise international organisations representing bioenergy, geothermal, solar, water and wind technologies.

The REN Alliance partners:
International Geothermal Association
International Hydropower Association
International Solar Energy Society
World Bioenergy Association
World Wind Energy Association

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