Energy

Renewable Energy for Agri-food Systems: Towards Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement

Online 13:00-14:30 CET
4 November 2021 – 4 November 2021

This COP 26 side event, co-organized with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), explores how renewable energy solutions and integrated food-energy systems can directly advance both energy and food security, while contributing to job creation, gender equality and climate action.

Energy and food systems are deeply entwined. About 30% of the world’s energy is consumed within agri-food systems. Energy is also responsible for a third of agri-food systems’ emissions of greenhouse gases. Both systems must be transformed to meet current and future demand for food and energy in an inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner, without hampering food security. A joint approach to the energy transition and to the transformation of agri-food systems is crucial to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Recognizing this important link, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2021 to strengthen their collaboration regarding the deployment of renewable energy in agri-food, fisheries and forestry chains, and sustainable bioenergy. The first concrete results of this collaboration are a IRENA and FAO report on ‘Renewable Energy for Agri-food Systems: Towards Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement’, and  the FAO-IRENA proposed action on ‘Energising Agri-food Systems with Renewable Energy’ that was showcased in the ‘Celebrating Ambitions: Energy Compacts’ session of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy.

Objectives:

  • Launching the joint FAO-IRENA report ‘Renewable Energy for Agri-food Systems: Towards Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement’ and highlight the compelling case it makes for decision makers across sectors to devise policies and measures to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in agri-food systems;

  • Presenting and discussing the FAO-IRENA proposed actions on ‘Energising Agri-food systems with Renewable Energy’ showcased at the High-Level Dialogue on Energy and solicit feedback and gather interest in partnerships with key stakeholders from both sectors.

Co-organizers:

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Useful links:

See the concept note and agenda

Registration details:

Register in advance for this event:
https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0oce-vqT8vG9Z8NmV8DZ6eVGd8QjvK2bm_