OVERVIEW of GREF 2020
The 4th Global Renewable Energy Forum (GREF) is organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Bonn Office in cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC). It is supported by the Korean-German Energy Partnership of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea, and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Republic of Germany.
Despite an urgent need for reduction, global greenhouse gas emissions continued to rise in the pre-coronavirus period demonstrating that more ambition is required to achieve the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement. For that goal to remain in reach, the 2020s need to be a critical decade for climate action.
Renewable energy plays a key role for that matter. While it has become a mainstream energy and outpaced fossil fuels seven years in a row, its deployment must speed up drastically to meet climate targets and economic stimulus programs addressing the pandemic must focus on a green recovery. Likewise, green hydrogen is gaining more importance as the missing link of the renewable energy transition.
Against this backdrop, GREF 2020 focuses on potentials to accelerate renewable energy expansion and on the key role of green hydrogen as an option for decarbonizing high-emitting industries.
The partners of the event are Eurosolar, ICLEI, World Wind Energy Association, DVGW, Germanwatch, hydrogen and fuel cell center (ZBT), International Geothermal Association (IGA), EnergyAgency.NRW, and UNIDO ITPO Germany.