COP23 Renewable Energy Day: Accelerating the Global Energy Transition

12 November 2017 |Bonn, Germany


With benefits extending far beyond reduced emissions, the global energy transition has the potential to advance multiple social, economic and environmental benefits including, employment, education, potential GDP growth, energy access, and reduced air pollution and health impacts. National and local governments around the world, civil society and the private sector are embarking on a pathway to achieve the greatest energy transformation since the start of the Industrial Revolution.

To explore cutting-edge ideas and innovation at the forefront of renewable energy development and deployment, IRENA, in concert with the Government of Fiji in its capacity as COP President, the Governments of Germany and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Deutsche Post DHL, held a high-level event in the sidelines of COP23.

Bringing together leading thinkers and doers in the energy sector, the conference highlighted:

  • success stories featuring cross-border and cross-sector integration and cooperation
  • benefits of energy transformation and engaging a broad spectrum of actors
  • paradigm-shifting technologies and approaches

View the agenda and speakers 

Attendance: 250-300 participants. The conference was open to the private sector, representatives of governments (national, regional, and local) journalists, NGOs, academics and members of the public.

A breakdown of what happened during the event can be found in IRENA's newsroom.