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COP23 Global Climate Action High-Level Event on Energy

COP23 Global Climate Action Thematic/High-Level Event on Energy

10 November 2017

Energy Leaders from Around the World to Demonstrate Accelerated Action to Implement the Paris Agreement

Bonn, Germany, 10 November 2017 – As parties to the UNFCCC prepare to take stock of their collective climate action ambition beginning in 2018, leaders from a wide range of sectors are coming together on Energy Day to demonstrate how a clean, efficient and inclusive energy transition fueled by renewable energy continues to be pivotal to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.

Energy Day is one of a series of thematic action days held under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership and will take place on Friday, November 10 from9:00am – 5:00pm CET.

Several new announcements will be made over the course of the day, including new members to The Climate Group’s EV100 and RE100 campaigns, as well as a new report from IRENA, ‘Unleashing Renewables to Accelerate Climate Action: An analysis of the renewable energy component in Nationally Determined Contributions’.

Organizations and businesses speaking throughout the day include Shell, Iberdrola, Mars, Philips Lighting, Johnson Controls, Michelin Group, International Copper Association as well as representatives from the South Australia State government, Welsh Government and State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The day will kick-off with a press conference at 9:00am CET in the Bonn Zone press conference space, covering the Energy, Water and Agriculture thematic days.IRENA Director General, Adnan Z. Amin, will speak at the press conference. For any interview requests with IRENA or other principals from Energy Dayorganizers, use the below contact details.

Energy Day will begin at 10:00am CET, in Room 12, Bonn Zone. The day will be broken down into four sessions, covering: the state of the energy transition; policies needed to enable change; experiences of leaders around the world who are catalyzing action; and recommendations for accelerating progress. Each session will feature a range of speakers, ensuring a fast-paced dynamic presentation of the key issues at play.

The full program and speakers for the day can be found at http://bit.ly/GCAenergy

Background:

Energy Day is being organized by the Climate Group, the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL)

The Marrakech Partnership aims at catalyzing greater climate action, including at the sub-national and corporate level, in the period from 2017-2020. Since Energy Day was launched at COP21 in Paris, CO2 emissions have remained flat, the costs of renewable energy technologies have dramatically fallen, and renewable energy deployment has generally outpaced the targets governments set for themselves in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The Paris Climate Agreement was negotiated quickly after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 7 which aims to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy that can connect the current 1.06 billion people in the world who have little or no access to electricity, and the over 3 billion people that still rely on smoky, dangerous solid fuels for cooking and heating.


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About IRENA

IRENA is global international organization mandated with the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth. It is a centre of excellence on renewable energy and a platform for cooperation of its 152 Members (151 States and the European Union). IRENA is nearing universal membership with 28 additional countries in the process of accession. www.irena.org


About Sustainable Energy for All

Sustainable Energy for All is a global platform that empowers leaders to broker partnerships and unlock finance to achieve universal access to sustainable energy, as a contribution to a cleaner, just and prosperous world for all. We connect stakeholders, marshal evidence, benchmark progress, amplify the voices of our partners and tell stories of success. www.SEforALL.org


About IEA

The IEA is an intergovernmental government, working to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. Our mission is guided by four main areas of focus: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide. www.iea.org


About The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world’s largest business organisation with a network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries. We work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities—together with market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s largest companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce. ICC is the global business focal point to the UNFCCC and in 2017, was granted Observer Status at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the first time a private sector organization has been admitted formally into the United Nations system. www.iccwbo.org


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