GRC End-of-Year Review 2021
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Dear friends,

keeping the focus on solutions helps to stay optimistic, despite the tragic and adverse circumstances dealt with this past year. Working solution-oriented, the Global Renewables Congress (GRC) can look back at a successful year 2021.

At the beginning of the year, the GRC highlighted the political significance of renewables to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic by publishing a series of analyses of COVID-19 recovery packages. Numerous policy dialogues with the Climate Vulnerable Forum and REN21, and IRENA’s Legislators Forum helped to spread this important message and opened new spaces for exchange and peer-learning on energy policymaking.

Throughout the year, we stayed in close contact with the organisers of the Midwest Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments and facilitated cross-committee dialogues to develop an energy concept for Minnesota which would speed up the US states energy transition.

We are grateful for the continuous support of our members, partners, the Mercator Foundation and the German Federal Environmental Foundation to our work across parliamentary committees. I am looking forward to 2022, where the GRC will facilitate cross-committee policy dialogues to unveil just transition needs and opportunities, in order to accelerate the urgent shift towards renewables.

The GRC is expecting great opportunities for engagement and change to arise from the upcoming Indonesian G20 presidency and the African COP27 for the clean and green energy transformation.

I am looking forward to continuing to work with you and deepening our collaboration next year.
Yours sincerely,

Bärbel Höhn
Chair of the Global Renewables Congress
Events & Activities

Series of virtual Policy Dialogues

In the first half of 2021, the Global Renewables Congress co-hosted a series of policy dialogues, to unveil the challenges and next steps to ensure a just and green recovery from the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  1. Decentralised Renewable energy solutions in post-COVID Recovery Plans
  2. Renewables and Fossil Fuel Phase-out – Opportunities, Shortcomings, Regulatory and Legislative Next Steps – jointly organised with the CVF
  3. Covid-19 recovery and the role of renewables in African Countries – jointly organised with REN21

GRC Parliamentary Meeting

The virtual Parliamentary Meeting “Making Change Happen: Boosting Parliamentary Action on Renewables” invited members of parliament and energy experts from around the world to share their personal experiences and insights on how the role of renewables can be strengthened for an inclusive and green future post-COVID19.


Due to the travel restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic, many legislators were not able to attend COP26 in person. By developing a hybrid format for in person, as well as virtual participation, the GRC attempted to meet this challenge and allow MPs from around the world to contribute to the discussion around the role of parliamentary voices at COP26 and beyond.
Recording of the sessions:
Find out more about our other GRC events and activities here.

Series of COVID-19 Recover Package Analyses

In the light of the raging COVID-19 pandemic, in autumn 2020 the GRC Secretariat conducted and commissioned several analyses shedding light on the role of renewable energy in recently developed Corona Recovery Packages. In early 2021, the GRC first published a series of recovery analyses on findings in recovery plans of nine Asian and European countries (Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain) and the EU

Find out more about the Series of COVID Recovery Package Analyses here.
For more publications by the GRC, please visit our website.

Advisory Board

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in early 2020 the GRC set up its Advisory Board.
Find out more about the current Members of the GRC Advisory Board here.

Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)

In 2021 a strong partnership between the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) Global Parliamentary Group and the GRC was initiated. Together, two virtual policy dialogues were organised and the GRC was presented in the CVF Regional Dialogues and the launch of the CVF Global Parliamentary Group.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

On the side-lines of the 11th IRENA General Assembly, the GRC Chair, Bärbel Höhn as well as several GRC Parliamentary Members, including Hon. Loren B. Legarda and MEP Jutta Paulus took part in the 6th IRENA Legislators Forum. The GRC has also contributed to the Legislators Forum in 2019 and 2020.

Read more on the GRC contribution to the IRENA Legislators Forum 2021 here.
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Mano River Union (MRU)

Following up on the dialogue on Renewable Energy and Clean Cooking in the Mano River Union initiated in 2019, the virtual MRU Stakeholders dialogue on RE and Clean Cooking for MRU countries in April 2021, discussed the need for a sub-regional RE study and clean cooking opportunities.
The GRC’s  Background paper for the MRU Region on Renewable Energy provides a critical overview of the state of RE in the region.
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Building on the GRC 2020-cooperation with the Midwest Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments, two cross-committee dialogues with legislators from Minnesota on how Germany intends to overcome climate change in mid-September, and the "Berlin Seminar on Energy Policy" in early December, were organised.

This project has been made possible through the generous support of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt/DBU) and the Stiftung Mercator.
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