We, Heads of State and Governments as the Participants in the COP28 Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge:

Recognizing that, to ensure that the global community meets the collective goal of the Paris Agreement to keep warming well below 2°C while pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C, the pace and scale of deployment of renewables and energy efficiency must increase significantly between now and 2030, propelling the global move towards energy systems free of unabated fossil fuels well ahead of and by mid-century at the latest.

Noting that the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency forecast that, to limit warming to 1.5°C, the world requires three times more renewable energy capacity by 2030, or at least 11,000 GW, and must double the global average annual rate of energy efficiency improvements from around 2% to over 4% every year until 2030.

Recognizing that energy is inextricably linked to all the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and transforming the world's energy systems will create new jobs, enhance lives and livelihoods, and empower people, communities, and societies.

Recognizing the critical contribution of renewables and energy efficiency to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 for “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, with nearly 800 million people globally without access to electricity, nearly 600 million of whom are in Africa.

Recognizing that, according to the IEA and IPCC, in order to meet the Paris Agreement goal, renewables deployment must be accompanied in this decade by a rapid increase of energy efficiency improvements and the phase down of unabated coal power, in particular ending the continued investment in unabated new coal-fired power plants, which is incompatible with efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

Noting the September 2023 G20 Leaders Declaration to “pursue and encourage efforts to triple renewable energy capacity globally through existing targets and policies, as well as demonstrate similar ambition with respect to other zero and low-emission technologies, including abatement and removal technologies, in line with national circumstances by 2030”.

Recognizing that, particularly in the post-2030 period, an increasingly diversified portfolio of technologies will be market-ready and available at scale to decarbonize the energy sector, with a critical role for renewables, energy efficiency, and other zero-emissions technology, including nuclear energy for those countries that choose to use it.

Recognizing that a growing number of countries, including developing countries, have made considerable progress on their renewables and energy efficiency goals in line with their NDCs and carbon neutrality commitments.

Recognizing that this decade will be crucial for renewables and energy efficiency, with accelerated action and ambitious policy implementation that are vital to addressing energy security and affordability challenges.

Recognizing that while there are multiple useful international initiatives that promote renewables and energy efficiency, there is a need for high-level political and collective action in order to accelerate efficiency improvements and the scaling of renewables.

Recognizing that ambitious actions should be taken by every country, taking into consideration different starting points, national circumstances and the unique realities of different regions, as well as the September 2023 Nairobi declaration of the Africa Climate Summit to “increase Africa’s renewable generation capacity from 56 GW in 2022 to at least 300 GW by 2030”.

We declare our intent to work collaboratively and expeditiously to pursue the following objectives:

Commit to work together to triple the world’s installed renewable energy generation capacity to at least 11,000 GW by 2030, taking into consideration different starting points and national circumstances.

Commit to work together in order to collectively double the global average annual rate of energy efficiency improvements from around 2% to over 4% every year until 2030.

Commit to put the principle of energy efficiency as the "first fuel” at the core of policymaking, planning, and major investment decisions.

We declare our intent to work collaboratively and expeditiously to pursue the following objectives:

Commit to take comprehensive domestic actions to contribute to the achievement of this pledge, including by adopting ambitious national policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency and reflecting this ambition in NDCs, working with cities and subnational governments, focusing on the key tools and enablers most relevant to national and local circumstances.

Recognize the need to strengthen international collaboration on renewables and energy efficiency, for which the following cooperative actions are key:

  • Collaborate on resilient value chains and technology development including through voluntary transfer under mutually agreed terms and conditions;
  • Expand financial support for scaling renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in emerging markets and developing economies, including multi-source investment from private sector, multilateral development banks, and philanthropy;
  • Collaborate on accessible financing mechanisms to reduce the cost of capital in emerging markets and developing economies.
  • Enhance technical support and capacity building for renewables and energy efficiency developing economies;
  • Accelerate cross-border grid interconnections.


Recognize that, to support the achievement of these targets, the following enablers are key:

  • Accelerate permitting of renewable projects and related infrastructure;
  • Develop and expand grid connections, and improve energy system integration;
  • Provide clarity on market design and incentive schemes and strengthen market conditions and investment frameworks to facilitate investments in renewables and energy efficiency.
  • Promote energy efficiency, electrification and energy demand management in all relevant sectors;
  • Raise public awareness and encourage behavioral change;
  • Encourage increased and meaningful, multiple-source private and public investments, particularly for developing countries;
  • Enhance and scale new technological solutions, including through support in research, development and innovation.

Commit to ensure that policies are conducive to just energy transitions by empowering consumers and supporting the development of a skilled renewables and energy efficiency workforce, supporting current energy workers at risk of displacement by the energy transition, promoting productive reconversion of stranded assets, and ensure communities affected by this transition also benefit from the opportunities offered by the energy transition.

Commit to ensuring that their efforts to scale up renewables and improve efficiency are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner.

Commit to consider supporting existing international initiatives such as those outlined in the Power Breakthrough Agenda to advance technical and policy work that will serve to underpin actions under this pledge.

Commit to agree on a way forward to review progress towards the Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge on an annual basis until 2030 for example by means of dedicated ministerial meetings and annual reports on the global progress towards targets of this pledge, marking use of existing flagship reports of the IEA and IRENA.

Welcome and encourage announcements of further parallel specific domestic actions by Participants and commitments taken by financial institutions, the private sector, and civil society to support this pledge.

Call on other states to join the Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge.
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In this context, ‘unabated fossil fuels’ refers to fossil fuels produced and used without interventions that substantially reduce the amount of GHG emitted throughout the life cycle; for example, capturing 90% or more CO2 from power plants, or 50-80% of fugitive methane emissions from energy supply. AR6 Synthesis Report Climate Change 2023, IPCC .


Signatures:

1. Albania
2. Andorra
3. Angola
4. Antigua and Barbuda
5. Argentina
6. Armenia
7. Australia
8. Austria
9. Azerbaijan
10. Bahamas (the)
11. Bangladesh
12. Barbados
13. Belgium
14. Belize
15. Benin
16. Bhutan
17. Bosnia Herzegovina
18. Brazil
19. Brunei Darussalam
20. Bulgaria
21. Burkina Faso
22. Burundi
23. Canada
24. Chad
25. Chile
26. Colombia
27. Comoros (the)
28. Costa Rica
29. Cote d'Ivoire
30. Croatia
31. Cuba
32. Cyprus
33. Czechia
34. Denmark
35. Dominican Republic (the)
36. El Salvador
37. Estonia
38. Eswatini
39. Ethiopia
40. Fiji
41. European Union
42. Finland
43. France
44. Gambia (the)
45. Georgia
46. Germany
47. Ghana
48. Greece
49. Grenada
50. Guatemala
51. Guinea
52. Hungary
53. Iceland
54. Ireland
55. Italy
56. Jamaica
57. Japan
58. Jordan
59. Kenya
60. Kiribati
61. Kosovo
62. Kyrgyzstan
63. Latvia
64. Lebanon
65. Lesotho
66. Liechtenstein
67. Lithuania
68. Luxembourg
69. Malawi
70. Malaysia
71. Maldives
72. Mali
73. Malta
74. Mexico
75. Micronesia
76. Moldova
77. Monaco
78. Montenegro
79. Morocco
80. Mozambique
81. Namibia
82. Nauru
83. Netherlands
84. New Zealand
85. Nicaragua
86. Nigeria
87. North Macedonia
88. Norway
89. Oman
90. Papua New Guinea
91. Paraguay
92. Philippines (Republic of the)
93. Poland
94. Portugal
95. Romania
96. Rwanda
97. San Marino
98. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
99. Senegal
100. Serbia
101. Seychelles
102. Sierra Leone
103. Singapore
104. Slovakia
105. Slovenia
106. Somalia
107. Republic of Korea (ROK)
108. Spain
109. Sweden
110. Switzerland
111. Syria
112. Tajikistan
113. Thailand
114. Togo
115. Tunisia
116. UAE
117. Ukraine
118. United Kingdom
119. United States of America
120. Uruguay
121. Uzbekistan
122. Vanuatu
123. Yemen
124. Zambia
125. Zimbabwe
 

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GENDER-RESPONSIVE JUST TRANSITIONS AND CLIMATE ACTION PARTNERSHIP
GLOBAL RENEWABLES AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY PLEDGE
CLIMATE FINANCE FRAMEWORK
GLOBAL COOLING PLEDGE FOR COP28
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, RESILIENT FOOD SYSTEMS, AND CLIMATE ACTION
COALITION FOR HIGH AMBITION MULTILEVEL PARTNERSHIPS (CHAMP) FOR CLIMATE ACTION
CLIMATE, RELIEF, RECOVERY AND PEACE
COP28 DECLARATION OF INTENT