IRENA was present at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) that takes place in Madrid, Spain from 2 to 13 December 2019. Together with a wide range of partners, IRENA ensured through a series of high-level events, panel discussions and initiatives, that renewable energy is at the highest level on the global agenda of the international community. In addition, IRENA experts participated in a range of sessions as panelists, presenters and speakers. 

IRENA events at COP25

Energy Action Event (Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action - MPGCA)

Saturday, 7 December | 10:00 – 13:00 | Room Torres del Paine, Hall 4
The Event focused on the large technological and financial potential that exists in the transition to a 1.5C pathway. The session highlighted pre-2020 action necessary to realise the energy transition, the Energy Action Pathways and Global Climate Action Yearbook, and how the initiatives from the Climate Action Summit can be taken forward.

Facilitating Planning and Financing of Renewable Energy Projects in SIDS

Monday, 9 December | 11:30 – 12:30 | AOSIS CARICOM Pavilion
As part of the framework of the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA provides a suite of project facilitation platforms and capacity building efforts to improve conditions to finance and implement renewable energy projects in SIDS. These platforms include resource planning and assessment, project development, and project finance matchmaking. This event aimed to demonstrated available project facilitation platforms and share experiences from their deployment in SIDS.

Synergies between Renewables Adaptation and Mitigation Measures to Meet SIDS NDCs

Monday, 9 December | 14:00 – 15:00 | AOSIS CARICOM Pavilion
The one-hour event was organised under the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative which is being coordinated by IRENA and its main objective was to bring together relevant stakeholders who shared experiences on the role of renewable energy in increasing resilience against climate change in small island developing states (SIDS) and identified collaborative opportunities for integrated mechanisms that will enable the deployment of renewables to meet the mitigation and adaption measures in SIDS NDCs.

Chile Energy Day: Flexibility: The Key Enabler for the Integration of Mass Renewable Energy

Tuesday, 10 December | 14:00 – 15:15 | Chilean Pavilion, Hall 8
The session identified pathways and actions policymakers can use to increase renewable energy penetration and reach carbon-neutrality in the energy sector, and the role that power system flexibility plays in achieving these goals.

Sustainable Development Goals Goal 7 (SDG7) Roundtable

Tuesday, 10 December | 16:30 – 18:00 | Room San Pedro de Atacama, Hall 4
IRENA, SEforAll and UNFCCC hosted the roundtable to take stock of progress made under SDG7 and discussed outlooks and solutions for ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. The discussion also highlighted on pre-2020 action necessary to realise the energy transition, the Energy Action Pathways and Global Climate Action Yearbook, and how the initiatives from the Climate Action Summit can be taken forward and accelerated.

Enhancing NDCs and Raising Ambition: Partnerships for Delivering UNDP’s Climate Promise

Wednesday, 11 December | 11:45 – 13:00 | Room 5, Hall 4
The objective of the event was to dive a bit deeper into the details of what will be delivered under UNDP’s Climate Promise, with a focused discussion on the future of NDC implementation and the role of renewables and energy transitions. The event targeted government representatives and other partners working on enhancing their NDCs, to provide information and demonstrate what is already being done, what is planned, and identify what is needed to raise ambition and strengthen partnerships for successful delivery of the Climate Promise.

Renewables in NDCs

Thursday, 12 December | 16:30 – 17:30 | NDC Partnership Pavilion
The session showcased how IRENA can assist countries in defining and implementing their NDCs.


IRENA participation at COP25*


6 December 2019


11:30 - 13:00 |  MDB Pavilion, Hall 6 Going Global: Expanding Offshore Wind to Emerging Markets
International Finance Corporation
13:30 - 15:00 |  China Pavilion, Hall 8 Green Energy Supports Actions on Climate change along “Belt and Road” Countries
China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance
15:00 - 16:00 |  MDB Pavilion, Hall 6 SDG7 Tracking: Energy Progress Report 2019 – Arab Region
15:00-17:00 |  Turkey Pavilion, Hall 6 Social and Economic Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation: Employment, Industrial
Development and Energy Transition
Sabanci University Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), SHURA Energy Transition Center and Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
17:15 - 18:45 |  Chile Pavilion, Hall 8 Sector Coupling – The Driver for a sustainable Energy transition towards Net Zero Carbon

7 December 2019

10:00 - 11:30 |  TBC Bottom up approaches for the Energy Transition: new players new roles
IDAE (Instituto para la Diversificación y Ahorro de la Energía)
12:00-13:00 |  NDC Partnership Pavilion, Hall 6 Thinking Outside the Barrel: Exploring the co-benefits of RE in Developing States
Antigua and Barbuda
10:00 - 13:00  |  Torres Del Paine, Hall 4 Energy Action Event
13:00 - 14:30  |  TBC Pushing the boundaries for renewable energy
Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving, Spain

8 December 2019  | Marriott Auditorium Hotel

14:00 - 16:00  |  Marriott Auditorium Hotel NDC Partnership Annual Members Forum

9 December 2019

8:00 - 10:30  |  Hyatt Hotel Gran Via Parliamentary Breakfast
Global Renewables Congress
11:25 - 12:30  |  AOSIS/CARICOM Pavilion, Hall 6 Side Event Facilitating planning and financing of renewable energy projects in SIDS
12:00 - 14:00  |  India Pavilion, Hall 8 Grid Expansion and Integration Challenges & Solar Energy for Farm Sector
India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Confederation of Indian Industry
14:00 - 15:00  |  AOSIS/CARICOM Pavilion, Hall 6 Side Event, Synergies between renewables adaptation and mitigation measures to meet SIDS NDCs
15:00 - 17:00  |  TBC Solar and the SIDS – Making the Sun Shine Brighter
16:45 - 18:15  |  Room 4, Hall 4 Tackling Barriers to Scale Up Renewables
Climate Policy Lab, The Fletcher School at Tufts University and Chinese Renewable Energy Association (CREIA)

10 December 2019

9:30 - 10:45  |  EU Pavilion, Hall 8 EU Energy Day
European Commission
10:00 - 11:30  |  France Pavilion, Hall 6 Unlocking solar energy deployment at scale: The Solar Risk Mitigation Mechanism
International Solar Alliance
13:30 - 13:55  |  Chile Pavilion, Hall 6 Chile Energy Day: LAC Regional Renewable Energy Target Signature
Chilean Ministry for Energy
14:00 - 15:15  |  Chile Pavilion, Hall 6 Chile Energy Day: Flexibility for the Energy Transition
Chilean Ministry for Energy
16:30 - 18:00  |  San Pedro de Atacama, Hall 4 SDG7 Roundtable
IRENA, SEforAll, UNFCCC, supported by IEA and REN21
16:45 - 18:30  |  TBC A Solar-Centered Energy Mix to Fight Against Climate Change
Global Solar Council
17:30 - tbc  |  AOSIS/CARICOM Pavilion, Hall 6 Side Event: 15th Anniversary
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs)

11 December 2019

10:15 - 11:45  |  TBC SIDS are leading by example: Ambitious NDCs to halt warming at 1.5°C
11:30 - 13:00  | TBC Room 5, Hall 4


Official COP25 Event

Enhancing NDCs and Raising Ambition: 

Partnerships for Delivering UNDP’s Climate Promise 



14.30-16.00  | TBC ICIMOD event
13:15 - 14:45  | TBC Accelerating the energy transformation in support of sustainable development and the Paris Agreement
UN System
15:00 - 16:00  |  Benelux Pavilion, Hall 6 Implications of the Energy Transition
Carbon Tracker
15:00 - 16:30  |  Room 3, Hall 4 Gender and Climate Change
UN Women

12 December 2019

16:30 - 17:30  |  NDC Partnership Pavilion, Hall 6 Renewables in NDCs at NDC Partnership Pavilion
16:00 - 16:45  |  Action Hub, Hall 4 Climate Weeks 2020

13 December 2019

10:30 - 12:00  |  EU Pavilion, Hall 8 Taking Action on SDG7 and Raising Climate Action
Denmark Ministry of Energy and Utilities
13:00 - 14:30  |  Japan Pavilion, Hall 6 Approach to climate change adaptation as business opportunities - Challenges of Japan especially in Adaptation and Renewable Energy

*IRENA Participation in COP25 events section is updated on daily basis. 

It’s Possible Communication Campaign

In support of the UN Secretary General’s call for decisive climate action, IRENA has launched a communication campaign that underpins renewable energy as a practical climate action solution. In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Agency’s 'Lead the change. It’s possible with renewables' campaign aims to inform about the potential of renewable energy technologies and in turn encourage concrete climate action.

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