REN21 and Government of India Launch the Delhi International Action Programme

Delhi International Action Programme

In conjunction with the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC), the host government of India together with REN21 is honoured to invite governments and other stakeholders to pledge voluntary actions towards advancing renewable energy deployment and policy development (online submission form).

What is the Delhi International Action Programme (DIAP)?
The DIAP is a continuation of the International Action Programme (IAP) that was initiated at the first International Renewable Energy Conference in Bonn 2004 (renewables2004). It is a set of non-binding commitments by Actors from different stakeholder groups worldwide, who at the occasion of an international conference and at the initiative of one government, voluntarily pledges to carry out, in the foreseeable future, individual measureable Actions to promote a common purpose, and to cooperate in reviewing and progress reporting. It has proven to be a powerful and flexible way to stimulate voluntary action on renewables.

REN21 has developed and administered the IAP, also known as the renewables Pledge Programme, and today maintains a database of more than 340 pledges from both the Bonn 2004 and Washington 2008 (WIREC) International Renewable Energy Conferences. The database is a rich collection of concrete actions, programmes and initiatives on international, national or sub-national levels, constituting an invaluable source of information on specific steps and best practices in advancing the uptake of renewable energy.

What is the objective of DIAP?
The objective of DIAP is to provide a new opportunity for governments and other major stakeholders to make even bolder pledges to develop and enact policies and actions that will tackle energy security, environment and economic challenges through renewable energy. From ‘start-up’ at the Bonn 2004 conference to ‘scale-up’ at WIREC 2008, the renewable energy sector experienced unprecedented growth. The theme of this year’s Pledge Programme is ‘mainstreaming’ renewable energy into the development of a low carbon pathway. With this objective in mind, we are expecting to collect many commitments from broader renewable energy community which will lead to many long-lasting impacts on both political and economic framework conditions.

Because DIREC is being held in India, which like many countries faces enormous challenges as regards providing its population with electricity and energy services, pledges that target deploying renewable energy in rural areas are particularly encouraged. In implementing those pledges, countries can share good policy practice and business models to overcome these challenges.

How DIAP differs from previous years’ Pledge Programme?
REN21 is introducing a new element to the Pledge Programme. Those who submit pledges to the DIAP will be eligible to receive an award based on the progress achieved in their implementation of the pledge up to the next International Renewable Energy Conference in 2012. REN21 is also searching for further opportunities to develop a partnership with other organizations to provide technical assistance to pledge submitters with request in order to support your pledge implementation.

Who can make a pledge?
All types of stakeholders, including national governments, international organizations, private sector, civil society, research institution are all entitled to submit commitments. The character of Actions to be submitted is not narrowly defined, so that the choice is all with the submitters. Furthermore, one stakeholder could submit several commitments, and commitments could be submitted jointly by groups of stakeholders.

What are the benefits of submitting a pledge?

  • It is a pure bottom up approach starts at the lower end of the logical impact chain, distinguishes itself from most joint plans or programmes, and subsequently provides flexibility for you to design strategic steps to reach your defined objective at the minimum transaction cost for negotiation compared to any larger scale of political agreement.
  • It provides greater visibility and recognition for your entity and action you are undertaking in advancing renewable energy deployment.
  • It provides an opportunity for sharing experience on policy and implementation among stakeholders with similar background.

Steps to take before and after the pledge submission
Before

  • Read through the history of the International Action Programme and DIAP description
  • Consult with the additional policy background information before filling in the Pledge Submission Form
  • Fill in the Pledge Submission Form
  • Once your pledge is qualified by REN21 under DIAP framework, you will receive a notification from REN21 Secretariat

After

  • One year from DIREC, you will receive a request from REN21 to provide feedback on your pledge implementation. This is also a key criterion for you to enter the pledge competition in order to receive an award at the next IREC.
  • A second request from REN21 to provide feedback on your pledge implementation will be sent to you three months before the next IREC takes place in 2012.
  • REN21 will select the pledge winners with the most visible achievements in meeting their pledge objectives.
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