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2013 November 11

WBA and REN Alliance to hold official side event at COP19 in Warsaw on the 18th of November

COP19 Side event: Integrated technologies towards 100% renewables: Case studies and examples at national and regional levels
Side event: Integrated technologies towards 100% renewables: Case studies and examples at national and regional levels

Venue: Room Cracow, National Stadium, Warsaw

Date: Monday 18 November 2013

Time: 16:45 - 18:15

WBA President, Heinz Kopetz, together with the leaders of the REN Alliance (Renewable Energy Alliance) will be holding an official side event at the COP19 Warsaw.


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16:45 Introduction & The REN Alliance roadmap until 2035 
President, Heinz Kopetz, World Bioenergy Association

16.55 The integration of Renewables – case studies:

Hydro pumped storage: balancing the grid of the future 
Programme Director, Oliver Griffiths, International Hydropower Association
A community based on geothermal energy 
Executive Director, Marietta Sander, International Geothermal Association
Integrating solar with other Renewable Technologie
President, Dave Renne, International Solar Energy Society
Wind energy in combination with other RES: case of Denmark 
Secretary General, Stefan Gsänger, World Wind Energy Association

17.30 The Global Status Report of REN 21 
Executive Secretary, Christine Lins, REN 21

17.40 The green climate fund, facilitating energy transformation 
Climate Energy Director, Stefan Schurig, World Future Council 

GO 100% renewable – why this campaign?
Climate Energy Director, Stefan Schurig, World Future Council

17.55 General discussion

18.15 End of the side event


Programme for 50% Renewable Energy by 2035

The IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report, “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis”, released in September 2013 stated that “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of observed warming since the mid-20th century”. This largely refers to the combustion of fossil fuels leading to increased levels of greenhouse gases, causing climate change.

The most aggressive Representative Concentration Pathway mitigation scenario issued by the IPCC (RCP 2.6) involves “peak and decline” emissions. This would see atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases increase for only a few more years and then decline, so that by the year 2100 atmospheric radiative forcing is roughly at current levels. It is possible to achieve such a trajectory by transitioning to renewable energy, coupled with enhanced energy efficiency and a halving of fossil fuel combustion. With increased deployment of renewable energy for electricity, heating, cooling and transport fuels, well over 50% of the energy supply can be provided by renewable energy by 2035.

In addition to mitigating climate change, increasingly renewables offer a cost-competitive option that helps ensure energy independence and security worldwide. The resulting transformation of the energy system will create millions of jobs throughout the world, and stimulate growth in developing countries.

REN Alliance members support authoritative studies such as REN 21’s Renewables Global Futures Report (2013)1, which demonstrates that a 50% or more renewable energy supply by 2035 is clearly achievable based on current and projected rates of technology deployments resulting from innovative policy adoption. Further renewable energy penetration is possible with innovations in renewable transport fuels, where the REN Alliance confirms that research and development breakthroughs are feasible.

What needs to happen.

The REN Alliance believes that a 50% renewable energy supply by 2035, (and 100% soon thereafter), requires progress in the following areas:

• A reduction of the total primary energy demand in industrialised countries from behavioural change and energy efficiency measures, particularly in the building, industry, transportation and agricultural sectors. Similarly, the international community should facilitate the rapid uptake of energy efficiency measures in developing countries;

• Continued strong growth of solar electricity and wind energy supply, supported by additional energy from biomass, hydropower and geothermal;

• Growth in decentralised energy supplies, strengthened transmission networks and increased uptake of small scale renewables in rural areas disconnected from grids;

• Large-scale deployment of mass energy storage capacity to compensate for the variability of wind and solar, and ensure reliability of supply. Pumped storage hydropower will play a lead role in this;

• New strategies to penetrate the heating sector with biomass, geothermal resources and solar;

• Innovation in renewable transport fuels from biomass, renewable electricity and hydrogen;

• Development and deployment of marine energy and enhanced geothermal systems.

Implementing the Transition.

These changes require strong support from governments, and national and international institutions. The REN Alliance supports the following measures to achieve this:

Reinforce competitive advantage:

1. Quickly reduce and ultimately eliminate subsidies to all energy sources to “level the playing field”;

2. Quickly reduce investment in fossil-fuel-based power and heat generation;

3. Put a realistic price on carbon.

Ensure the route to market and enhance reliability of supply:

4. Extend, strengthen and ‘smarten’ power transmission and distribution infrastructure, equipped with adequate interconnections, to create a robust and transnational energy market.

5. Provide preferential grid access for renewable technologies;

6. Continue to invest in energy storage, such as pumped storage hydropower.

Encourage innovation and broaden applications:

7. Encourage innovation of emerging technologies through public incentives or market mechanisms where appropriate;

8. Incentivise the uptake of renewable heat in district heating and cooling systems through public incentives or market mechanisms where appropriate;

9. Continue to fund research and development aimed at improving the scope of innovative technologies, while improving cost competitiveness;

10. Improve and increase education and training in renewable energy systems;

11. Promote energy conservation and awareness of climate change.

Promote a global dialogue:

12. Support global guidance and analysis from bodies such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to aid national-level decision making;

13. Provide the appropriate type and level of climate finance to developing countries;

14. Support the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative to ensure reliable energy access even to the poorest of populations.

About the REN Alliance:

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit organization, working with a network of members and partners to advance sustainable hydropower. IHA’s mission is to build and share knowledge on; the role of hydropower in renewable energy systems; responsible freshwater management; and climate change solutions.

IHA champions continuous improvement in the hydropower sector through dialogue with all stakeholders.

The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) works to achieve 100% renewable energy for all, used efficiently and wisely, by providing the global renewable energy community with a collective, scientifically credible voice and up-to-date information gathered and synthesized by its talented members.

WWEA is an international non-profit association embracing the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries. WWEA works for the promotion and worldwide deployment of wind energy technology.

WWEA provides a platform for the communication of all wind energy actors worldwide.

The IGA is a non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization. The objectives of the IGA are to encourage research and the development and utilization of geothermal resources worldwide, through the publication of scientific and technical information among the geothermal specialists, the business community, governmental representatives, UN organisations, civil society and the general public

The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is the global organisation dedicated to supporting and representing the wide range of actors in the bioenergy sector. Its members include national and regional bioenergy organisations, institutions, companies and individuals.

The purpose of WBA is to promote the increasing utilisation of bioenergy globally in an efficient, sustainable, economic and environmentally friendly way.