In the framework of their joint 'Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy' (PARE) project, the United Nations Development Programme and Climate Parliament have developed a 'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians'. This publication was developed with the support of the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Guide explores the benefits of renewable energy development, presents an overview of renewable energy technologies and their respective applications, and offers concrete guidelines and tips for parliamentary action.
The Guide is richly illustrated with case studies and best practices, and pays specific attention to policy and regulatory frameworks. The materials provided here will be further supplemented with updates on the AGORA Climate Portal, set to launch late June.
The launch of the Guide was organised at the occasion of the first Forum of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and took place during the session on ‘New business models: bringing sustainable energy to the energy poor’. Presenting the Guide were UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs.
Many countries have started to implement policies and adopt legislation to harness renewable resources (water, sun, wind, geothermal and biomass) to produce electricity, heat and fuel. As the world moves towards adoption of renewable energy as a key source of energy production, the role of parliamentarians has been and will remain critical in developing legislation required to create and deliver access to energy from renewable sources.
Parliament’s three core functions provide many different entry points for parliamentary action. Through law-making, parliamentarians can propose or amend legislation that will strengthen the legal framework and the policies pertaining to renewable energy development. Their oversight function empowers them to monitor the government’s implementation of set policies and targets, and allows them to hold the government to account.
Closely linked to this is a parliament’s power of the purse. As the state budget is considered and approved by the parliament on an annual basis, parliamentarians can push for budgetary provisions dedicated to renewable energy development. Lastly, in their role as representatives of the people, parliamentarians play an important role in soliciting constituent feedback and building community support for renewable energy projects. Engaging constituents on the benefits of renewable energy can be instrumental in the successful implementation of a project.
The UNDP Administrator spoke to the important role parliamentarians have in promoting renewable energy development, both by creating the political will and space required and through building strong, effective policy and regulatory frameworks.
A copy of the Guide can be downloaded here.
For more information on the PARE project, please contact the AGORA team at firstname.lastname@example.org.