'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians' by the UNDP and the Climate Parliament

Jul 11, 2014

Helen Clark launching the Guide at the SE4All Forum

The publication 'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians' was launched on 4th June, 2014 by the Administrator of UNDP, Ms Helen Clark, and the European Commissioner for Development, Mr Andris Piebalgs, at the first annual Sustainable Energy For All Forum, taking place at the UN Headquarters in New York.

In the framework of their joint 'Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy' (PARE) project, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Climate Parliament have developed a 'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parliamentarians'. This publication was produced with the support of the European Commission and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

The handbook helps MPs and Members of Congress to build awareness of the benefits of renewables, and assist them in the design and implementation of new laws, policies and budget lines to encourage the development of sustainable solutions to energy poverty.

The Guide explores the benefits of renewable energy development, renewable energy technologies and their respective applications, and offers tips for parliamentary action. It 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.

The Climate portal is an initiative by the UNDP and the World Bank Institute. It maps parliamentary activities around the world and provides also parliamentarians and practitioners with the latest resources, knowledge and best practices in support of their work. This includes daily updates, a virtual library, a climate blog and shares interviews with parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and climate change experts.

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.  

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.  

“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."

From: 'How-To Guide: Renewable Energy for Parlamentarians.'

Contact information

For more information on the PARE project, please contact the AGORA team at info@agora-parl.org