02 – 13 December 2019 |Madrid, Spain

IRENA will be 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 will ensure 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 will participate in a range of sessions as panelists, presenters and speakers. 

IRENA events at COP25

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

Saturday, 7 December | 10:00 – 13:00
The Event will focus on the large technological and financial potential that exists in the transition to a 1.5C pathway. The session will highlight 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.

Chile Energy Day (Chilean Pavillion)

Tuesday, 10 December | 14:00 – 15:15 (IRENA session) Organised by the Chilean Ministry of Energy and supported by IRENA, the Energy Day will draw attention to strategies for carbon neutrality in the energy sector that are being implemented around the globe. IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera will speak in the session entitled Flexibility: The Key Enabler for the Integration of Mass Renewable Energy. The session will identify 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 (Energy) Roundtable

Tuesday, 10 December | 16:30 – 18:00
IRENA, SEforAll and UNFCCC will host the roundtable to take stock of progress made under SDG7 and discuss outlooks and solutions for ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. The discussion will also highlight 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.

Official COP25 Event - Enhancing NDCs and Raising Ambition: Partnerships for Delivering UNDP’s Climate Promise

Wednesday, 11 December | 11:30 – 13:00 The session will discuss successful examples of renewable energy strategies in NDCs that meet sustainable development and climate objectives aligned with the 1.5°C pathway — exploring strategies used by countries, including Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), to deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency at scale to increase the ambition of NDCs and long-term low emission development strategies.

Renewables in NDCs (NDC Partnership Pavilion)

Thursday, 12 December | 16:30 – 17:30
The session will discuss examples of ambitious NDC targets that are scalable and replicable to others.


IRENA participation at COP25*


6 December, 2019

11:30 - 13:00 Going Global: Offshore Wind in Emerging Markets
International Finance Corporation
13:30 - 15:00 Green Energy Supports Actions on Climate change along “Belt and Road” Countries
China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance
15:00 - 16:00 UN ESCWA Panel discussion on SDG7 Tracking in the Arab Region report
15:00-17:005 Social and Economic Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation: Employment, Industrial
Sabanci University Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), SHURA Energy Transition Center and Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
17:15 - tbc Sector Coupling – The Driver for a sustainable Energy transition towards net zero carbon

7 December, 2019

9:00 - 10:30 Roundtable on Zero Emission Fuels for Shipping
Escopo Energia, Ecodes, Institute for Climate and Society (ICS)
10:00 - 11:30 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 Thinking Outside the Barrel: Exploring the co-benefits of RE in Developing States
Antigua and Barbuda
10:00 - 13:00 Energy Action Event
13:00 - tbc Bilateral with Uruguay (CAEP-related)
NDC Partnership
16:00 - 17:00 MPGCA Coordination Meeting

8 December, 2019

14:00 - 16:00 NDC Partnership Annual Members Forum

9 December, 2019

8:00 - 10:30 Parliamentary Breakfast
Global Renewables Congress
11:25 - 12:30 Side Event at AOSIS, Project Facilitation
12:00 - 14:00 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 Side Event, Synergies between renewables adaptation and mitigation measures to meet SIDS NDCs
15:00 - 17:00 Solar and the SIDS – Making the Sun Shine Brighter
16:45 - 18:15 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 Energy Day
10:00 - 11:30 Unlocking solar energy deployment at scale: The Solar Risk Mitigation Mechanism
13:00 - 15:00 GCA High-level Event
13:30 - 13:55 Chile Energy Day: LAC Regional Renewable Energy Target Signature
Chilean Ministry for Energy
14:00 - 15:15 Chile Energy Day: Flexibility for the Energy Transition
Chilean Ministry for Energy
16:00 - 17:30 Global Power System Transformation Consortium Information/Coordination Meeting
16:30 - 18:00 SDG7 Roundtable
IRENA, SEforAll, UNFCCC (Support: IEA, REN21)
16:45 - 18:30 A Solar-Centered Energy Mix to Fight Against Climate Change
Global Solar Council
17:30 - tbc Side Event: 15th Anniversary
Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs)

11 December, 2019

10:00 - 12:00 High-Level Meeting of Caring for Climate
UN Global Compact, UN Environment, UNFCCC
10:15 - 11:45 SIDS are leading by example: Ambitious NDCs to halt warming at 1.5°C
11:30 - 13:00


Official COP25 Event

Enhancing NDCs and Raising Ambition: 

Partnerships for Delivering UNDP’s Climate Promise 



14.30-16.00 ICIMOD event
13:15 - 14:45 Accelerating the energy transformation in support of sustainable development and the Paris Agreement
UN System
15:00 - 16:00 Implications of the Energy Transition
Carbon Tracker
15:00 - 16:30 Gender and Climate Change
UN Women

12 December, 2019

10:00 - 11:00 MPGCA Coordination Meeting
14:00 - 15:30 Releasing China Renewable Outlook 2019
China National Renewabble Energy Centre (CNREC)
16:30 - 17:30 Renewables in NDCs at NDC Partnership Pavilion
16:00 - 16:45 Action Hub: Regional Climate Weeks

13 December, 2019

10:30 - 12:00 Taking Action on SDG7 and Raising Climate Action
Denmark Ministry of Energy and Utilities
13:00 - 14:30 Adaptation Side Event

*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.

Find more information on and join the campaign social media with the hashtag #ItsPossible.

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