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Renewable Energy in National Climate Action

Updates to IRENA’s 2017 analysis of the renewable energy components of NDCs


This note prepared for COP24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), provides key updates to IRENA’s late 2017 analysis of the renewable energy components of NDCs.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) analysed NDC-based renewable energy pledges in late 2017, particularly in relation to national energy plans and actual deployment trends. In many cases, NDCs were seen to be falling being rapid actual growth in renewables. Even countries without targets in their NDCs often had ambitious plans for renewables in the energy sector.

IRENA's first comprehensive analysis of this issue covered the NDCs submitted by 194 Parties to the UNFCCC by mid-October 2017. This entailed reviewing the renewable energy components of NDCs worldwide and estimating the investment required to implement those commitments.

Since then, ratifications of the Paris Agreement have continued. In some cases, new NDC submissions have included updated renewable energy components. This note provides an overview of such changes until end-November 2018.