Last week IRENA published its 2020 Global Renewables Outlook, which called for stimulus and recovery packages that will “accelerate the shift to sustainable, decarbonised economies and resilient inclusive societies”. The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has teamed up with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and more than 100 renewable energy organisations to issue a joint call for action urging policy-makers to prioritise renewable solutions as part of their COVID-19 recovery plans. BRICS Read more about the IRENA Coalition for Action and its joint call for action. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy Revisit deadlines for renewable energy projects that face contractual obligations for near-term delivery.Designate the renewable energy industry and related infrastructure as a critical and essential sector. Affirm and extend policies promoting renewable energy solutions, both centralised and decentralised.Prioritise renewable energy in any stimulus measures and commit to phasing out support for fossil fuels. Provide public financial support to safeguard the industry and mobilise private investment in renewable energy. Enhance the role of renewable energy in industrial policies.Revise labour and education policies to foster a just transition and help workers make the shift into renewable energy jobs.Strengthen international co-operation and action to accelerate renewable energy deployment in line with global climate and sustainability objectives. In the joint statement, the IRENA Coalition for Action call on governments to: RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Affirm policies promoting renewable solutions The Global Renewables Outlook says that “hydropower can bring important synergies to the energy system of the future” thanks to its multiple uses and synergies with other renewable energy technologies. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Policy-makers and planners around the world need to “start thinking now” about building new hydropower projects, the organisation said. IHA is a leading member of IRENA’s Coalition for Action, which was formed to promote the wider and faster uptake of renewable energy technologies. Recovery measures should include investment in “interconnected hydropower” among other technologies, said IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera. “With the need for energy decarbonisation unchanged, such investments can safeguard against short-sighted decisions and greater accumulation of stranded assets.” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development The call for action says: “To provide long-term policy certainty in this time of crisis, governments must consider affirming existing and planned support schemes, as well as continuing to implement appropriate market and policy frameworks that support grid development, storage and flexibility, and other infrastructure critical to support a higher penetration of renewable energy. The coalition brings together private sector companies, industry associations, civil society, research institutes and intergovernmental organisations. Image: 123rf.com “Permitting and siting approvals should be fast-tracked so that the renewable energy industry can plan ahead and protect its workforce.” Generation Read more about:IHAIRENA TAGShydropowerIHAIRENAsolar powerwind energy Previous articleCoal and gas are up against increased solar and wind projectsNext articleCOVID-19 to accelerate solar adoption across sub-Saharan Africa Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. IHA chief executive Eddie Rich said: “In order to meet the climate change commitments set in the Paris Agreement in 2015, hydropower needs to grow much faster. This requires determined and enabling policy, market restructuring to better incentivise energy storage, and a step change in technical integration capability globally.” The recommendations cover a range of priority actions to ensure a rapid and sustained economic recovery, promoting renewable solutions as well as the need for market and policy frameworks that support storage and flexibility – services which are provided by sustainable hydropower.