Parliamentary Breakfast, Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid, 09 December 2019, Madrid

The Global Renewables Congress holds a Parliamentary Breakfast at COP25 in Madrid, Spain. The meeting will take place from 08.00 – 10.30 on Monday, December 09 at Hotel Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid. The goal is to unveil the role of renewable energies for implementing the Paris Agreement. Parliamentarians are invited to share their expertise and insights from their respective regions and encouraged to participate in an interactive discussion on how to close the gap between international ambition and national action.

The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are the cornerstone to implement the targets set forth by the Paris Agreement. They outline actions that each country aims to undertake for achieving the agreement‘s objective of limiting global 1.5°C. Yet, we are nowhere near on track to halve global GHG emissions by 2030. To meet the ambition of the Paris Agreement, national governments and legislators must scale up Renewable Energy significantly within the next decade. About three-quarters of all NDCs referred to renewables as a way to strengthen climate change mitigation, and over half cited specific RE targets. Yet, the huge potential of RE to reduce GHG emissions and accelerate sustainable development by leaving no one behind remains largely untapped. In fact, NDCs have often not kept up with the recent, rapid growth in renewables, notes IRENA. 2020 will be a pivotal year in turning commitments into concrete actions to combat the climate emergency, and COP 25 sets the direction. It is high-time to decide on which side of history legislators want to be on.

Against this backdrop, the parliamentary breakfast on 9 December will facilitate a dialogue among legislators to discuss legislative options to develop and implement ambitious NDCs and hereby achieve the Paris Agreement. Legislators play a key role in securing momentum for swift societal and sector-wide climate action and effective policies. They also play a crucial role in unlocking the trillions needed to achieve the necessary large-scale deployment of renewables.


08:00 – 08:15 Walk-in & Registration
08.15 – 08.30 Welcome by GRC-Chair Bärbel Höhn
08.30 – 08.40 The role of RE in NDCs – IRENA (tbc)
08.40 – o9.30 Statements from legislators with country insights
09.30 – 10.25 Open Dialogue:

How to scale up RE in the upcoming NDC revision process?

What support do legislators need to enhance the role of RE in national policy frameworks?

10.00 – 10.25 Discussion: Looking ahead at 2020

For further information, please contact Naemie Dubbels.


December 9, 2019


08.00 - 10.30am Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid, Calle Gran Vía, 31, 28013 Madrid, Spain

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