July 2, 2014
UNESCO's RENISLA Calls for for Expanding 100% Renewable Campaign
Following up on its recent 2014 forum on the 100% renewable energy island of El Hierro off the coast of Spain, RENISLA, a project of UNESCO, has issued a call for action to expand the worldwide campaign for the transition to 100% renewable energy.
The Renewables 100 Policy Institute was honored to have our Founding Board Chair Angelina Galiteva invited to speak at the event and looks forward to being one of the Institutions with which RENISLA partners to widen the dissemination of their 100% renewable message.
The Call for Action specifically declares:
"The Governing Bodies of UNESCO, particularly its Executive Board, the International Coordinating Council (ICC) of the MAB Programme and the World Heritage Committee need to reinforce the role of the Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage sites as models of excellence and field observatories on the sustainable use of renewable energy sources, to mitigate climate change and for enhancing and applying the climate change knowledge in the transition towards 100% renewable energy future, using the RENFORUS initiative (Renewable Energy Futures for UNESCO Sites) in this process.
UNESCO and IRENA, through the Global Renewable Energy Island Network (GREIN), could share and disseminate the approach of El Hierro with Gorona del Viento, as a model for the transition of islands to 100% RE, and a best practice that can be replicated elsewhere.
It is necessary to establish communication channels with the main international actors like IRENA, SE4All, REN21, the European Commission and others, to ensure the dissemination and replication of success stories.
Is proposed to initiate a broader RENISLA dissemination campaign in cooperation with relevant institutions and networks that are actively working towards a 100% renewable future, like Renewables 100 Policy Institute, WWF, IDE and others."
For a copy of the full Declaration, please click here.
For more information on RENISLA 2014, please click here.