What we do

While international commitments like the Paris Agreement as well as the Agenda 2030 signal political will for the necessary transformation, it’s not enough. The main gaps lie in the insufficient ambition of national energy and climate targets, the lack of informed policies and measures to scale up renewable energy and energy savings as well as unlock the necessary financial resources. Political action to implement a just transition that leaves no one behind are missing. Therefore, our overall goal is to support local national policy makers to fill the gap between international agreed targets and national action.

HOW WE DO THIS

      

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Capacity Building

The WFC Climate Energy Commission builds capacities among national and local policy makers by facilitating peer-to-peer exchanges and providing access to state-of-the-art knowledge. A specific focus is on synergies between renewable energy and other Sustainable Development Goals.

Current
Projects

100% RE Roadmap Development

We join forces with partners across the world to develop national roadmaps for 100% Renewable Energy. By engaging key decision-makers from various sectors in the energy transformation process, we create ownership, build hands-on knowledge on 100%RE, strengthen synergies, networks and platforms for multi-stakeholder and identify necessary legislation and policy reforms.

Tanzania

Tanzania is endowed with abundant renewable resources for an energy transition. With their Sustainable Low Carbon Development and Poverty Reduction Goals the government has established pathways towards a sustainable transition of Tanzania to become a middle income country. With this project the World Future Council and Bread for the World in cooperation with Climate Action Network Tanzania aim to contribute to this cause by developing a coherent strategy on how to implement 100% Renewable Energy.

Bangladesh

To be in line with the Paris Agreement, Bangladesh needs to transition to 100%RE. Thereby, reinvesting fossil fuel costs can finance 180% of this transition. The 100%RE roadmap for Bangladesh showed that a decentralised energy system, coupled with innovative RE technologies can significantly boost the country’s industrialisation process and rural economies.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a global leader in renewable energy, with 98% of the electricity provided by renewable sources. However, around 70% of the country’s overall energy still comes from fossil fuels, when including transport, heating processes in industry and other activities, like cooking. This project aims at supporting national decarbonization efforts by providing a technical and political tool to transform the entire energy sector into renewable supply.

Morocco

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Moroccan government has early on recognised that a commitment to limit global warming to 1.5°C will only be achieved if accompanied by ambitious renewable energy objectives and actions. Thus the development and promotion of renewable energies have become central topics for the nation.
This project aimed at the identification of steps that need to be taken for putting into place a coherent political framework which allows the transition to a 100% renewable energy Morocco.

Global Renewables Congress

Legislators for Renewables

The Global Renewables Congress (GRC) is a cross-country, cross-party platform for ongoing dialogue between and with legislators on issues related to the rapid and large-scale deployment of renewable energy solutions. Current and former legislators from national and regional parliaments can become members of the GRC.

The platform recognises the varying technical, economic and social conditions in different parts of the world that influence what renewable energy policies and solutions are most appropriate and effective and offers expertise and advice in navigating these determinant factors. It places at heart of RE action or policies an emphasis on the benefits to communities and local value creation.

Enhancing Regional Renewables Cooperation in the EU

In five days in September 2016, 13 policy-makers and -shapers from 8 countries travelled 1,500 kilometres from Denmark via Germany and the Netherlands to Belgium. Their mission? Exploring what regional cooperation means in practice andhow it can boost renewable energy in Europe. This report presents their key insights, presents the learnings from the visited projects and summarises the main policy recommendations for decisionmakers on local, national and European level.

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Regenerative Cities

A new model of urbanisation powered by Renewable Energy and defined by a restorative and mutually beneficial relationship between cities and their hinterland is urgently needed. We therefore identify transferrable success factors that enable cities to go beyond sustainability and become regenerative. A regenerative city enhances rather than undermines the ecosystems on which it depends. While modern cities function in a linear manner in which resources are used and wasted, regenerative cities are based on circular resource flows and generate the resources it consumes. In order to realize this vision, we analyse case studies from across the globe and set regional focuses for the advocacy work.

Initiatives

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Future of Cities Forum

We host an annual international “Future of Cities Forum” that brings together mayors, city councillors, urban planners, researchers, practitioners and representatives of civil society and the private sector to discuss key challenges and solutions for regenerative cities and its hinterland. The aim is to build up a global multi-stakeholder network to operationalize the concept of a regenerative city and explore opportunities for implementation. Since 2011, the forum has taken place in Munich, Kampala, Hamburg, Dubai and Delhi. Find out more about our annual Future of Cities Forum here

Steering Policy Science Interface

Policy-science interfaces are critical in shaping future-just governance. We facilitate dialogues between scientists and policy makers, building on state-of-the-art climate and energy models to allow informed decision-making.

Current
Projects

openENTRANCE

openENTRANCE addresses the development, use and dissemination of an open, transparent and integrated modelling platform for assessing low-carbon transition pathways. The platform will be populated with a suite of state-of-the-art modelling tools and data for covering the multiple dimensions of the energy transition. This will facilitate and improve the dialogue between researchers, policy makers and industry when investigating central questions in the transition.

100% RE Roadmap Development

Communication

An effective communication influences policy. We therefore develop advocacy activities to translate facts and develop messaging to educate policy makers. Further, we share information and connect stakeholders across governance levels with a specific focus on renewable energy and decarbonisation.

Current
Projects

DEEDS

DialoguE on European Decarbonisation Strategies

The DialoguE on European Decarbonisation Strategies (DEEDS) supports the European Decarbonisation Pathways Initiative (EDPI) and its High-Level Panel through creating state-of-the-art knowledge on decarbonisation pathways, facilitating a dialogue with and creating a network of leading scientists, businesses, policy-makers and NGOs. The project aims to create a knowledge base on relevant research areas: energy, cities, industry, finance, mobility, digitalization, social innovation as well as agriculture and land use.

DEEDS has started in October 2017 and will end in September 2020. It is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 framework, implemented by a consortium of 15 leading European research institutions, associations and NGOs.

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Alliance Building

By connecting fragmented stakeholders and building alliances, we create platforms for peer-to-peer exchange. Having a support network as a source of inspiration, knowledge and resources allows policy makers to build on experiences.

Current
Projects

Global Renewables Congress

Legislators for Renewables

The Global Renewables Congress (GRC) is a cross-country, cross-party platform for ongoing dialogue between and with legislators on issues related to the rapid and large-scale deployment of renewable energy solutions. Current and former legislators from national and regional parliaments can become members of the GRC.

The platform recognises the varying technical, economic and social conditions in different parts of the world that influence what renewable energy policies and solutions are most appropriate and effective and offers expertise and advice in navigating these determinant factors. It places at heart of RE action or policies an emphasis on the benefits to communities and local value creation.

Global 100% RE Campaign

Legislators for Renewables

The WFC is a founding member of the Global 100% RE Campaign which was launched in 2013 as the result of a parliamentary hearing we hosted in the Nordic Folkecenter in Denmark in October 2012. The Global 100% RE campaign is the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy. This unique campaign builds on projects that are already taking place on national, regional and local levels and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal. the campaign showcases that there is already a global movement among local governments striving towards 100& RE and provides answers to the question “what does 100% RE mean for local governments?” Find out more on the campaign website.

F20 platform

The F20 platform consists of more than 50 foundations and philanthropic organizations from different parts of the world, calling for joint, transnational action towards sustainable development, along positive transformation examples to provide pathways towards solutions of today’s most pressing challenges – climate change and a just transition towards sustainable development, based on renewable energy. F20 wants to be part of the solution and builds bridges between civil society, the business and financial sectors, think tanks and politics – within the G20 countries, between them and beyond.

The IRENA Coalition for action

The World Future Council is founding member of the IRENA Coalition for Action and contributes to the working groups on “Towards 100% Renewable Energy” and “Community Energy”. The IRENA Coalition for Action forms a key international network to discuss industry trends, determine actions, share knowledge and exchange best practices with the vision to drive the global energy transition in line with the Sustainable Development Goal on energy. Its mission is to convene a global dialogue amongst non-governmental and governmental stakeholders to develop actions to increasing the share of renewables in the global energy mix. Today, the Coalition brings together over 90 leading renewable energy players including private sector companies, industry associations, civil society, research institutes and intergovernmental organisations.

The Community Power Coalition

The World Future Council is a member of the Community Power Coalition. The Community Power Coalition brings together a diverse network of like-minded organisations who share a common goal of promoting the development of citizen and community ownership of energy in the urgent transformation towards a 100% renewable energy system. The Coalition includes associations representing energy cooperatives, networks of cities and local authorities, the renewable energy industry, legal experts and diverse environmental NGOs.

The African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA)

In 2009 the WFC Commission on Climate and Energy initiated the African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), a pan-African multi-stakeholder network of policy-makers and representatives form business, civil society, and academia and comprises around 2.000 members from 90 countries. AREA facilitates on- and offline information exchange and consultation about policies, technologies and financial mechanisms for the deployment of renewable energy in Africa and the acceleration of the renewable energy transition in rural and urban Africa. Find out more about this on AREA’s website.

Policy Research

Policy research underpins advocacy work. By identifying exemplary policy solutions, analyzing transferable elements as well as unveiling innovative policy approaches, we support political decision makers in developing future-just legislation.

Current
Projects

100% RE and SDG

Sustainable development can only be reached by transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy (RE). To ensure that energy can continue to play a facilitating role for development, we need a paradigm shift towards “renewable energy for sustainable development”. In fact, 100% RE is more than just replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources in today’s energy system. It can serve as a means for socioeconomic development and help create a just society for today’s and future generations. Hereby, it supports the implementation of each sustainable development goal.

Climate Finance

Our current economic system is unsustainable, unfair, unstable and no longer improves our quality of life. In changing our economic system towards sustainability and common wealth, we can enable climate change mitigation, empower millions of people and lead the way towards a fairer future. In order to even achieve the previous 2°C target, an estimated $1000 billion is needed to be invested annually in the development of renewable energy solutions. To meet the 1.5°C limit in line with the Paris Agreement the necessary investments in renewable energies need to be significantly higher. We outline how the large investment sums could be financed between a co-operation of developing countries, Multilateral Development Banks, the private sector and Central Banks.

From political will to political action

This is where the World Future Council with its Global Renewables Congress,in cooperation with Energy Cities provides support with a new policy guidebook. It lists ‘action areas’ that offer sufficient flexibility to be adapted to the local context – the ‘local DNA’. The ten action areas are put together as a toolbox including learnings from already existing policy recommendations such as the Building Blocks, developed by members of the Global 100 % RE Platform.

Beyond Fire

Achieving sustainable cooking is one of the great challenges of our time. Cooking with charcoal and firewood sources still accounts for 4 million premature deaths due to indoor air pollution, puts significant strain on already stressed forest resources, and it is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Attempts to find solutions have failed to fundamentally transition the sector. “For almost two decades we have inadvertently narrowed the debate of clean cooking to just cook stoves. We need to look at the sources of energy and clean fuels,” says Kandeh Yumkella, Parliamentary Leader Sierra Leone, first CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and former UN Special Representative and Director General of UNIDO.Over the past three years, Hivos and WFC have partnered to unveil the technical and economic potential of cooking with renewable electricity in the Global South. Two reports prove that it is now well within the range of cost-competitiveness of other cooking alternatives. The outcomes of this report are discussed in various international platforms with political decision makers (e.g. in the Global Renewables Congress)”

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