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Planning for Climate Commission

Fast and fair planning and permitting for renewables and green hydrogen 

The Planning for Climate Commission was launched at the COP27 UN Climate Conference in Egypt in November 2022 to raise awareness of the need for improved planning and approval processes for renewable energy projects and the green hydrogen economy.

The Commission is a joint initiative by the members of the Global Renewables Alliance (Green Hydrogen Organisation, Global Wind Energy Council, Global Solar Council, International Geothermal Association, International Hydropower Association and Long Duration Energy Storage Council.)

The Commission is made up of leaders representing governments, the private sector and civil society.  It includes leading global institutions with mandates to promote renewable energy and experts on energy law and regulation.

With support from an Expert Advisory Group, a set of challenges and draft recommendations to improve the planning and permitting procedures for renewable energy initiatives has been put forward for consideration. The final recommendations will be launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2023 and presented at COP28 in the United Arab Emirates in late 2023. The Green Hydrogen Organisation provides secretarial support for the Commission.

Planning for Climate is a coalition of government, industry and civil society organisations committed to speed up permitting for renewable energy and green hydrogen projects together with citizens and communities. 

Climate disaster will not be avoided without significantly more hydropower, solar and wind power, electrolysers, ammonia plants and infrastructure. All of this will require approval by hosting governments and buy-in from communities. 

In many countries and jurisdictions, it takes too long to obtain approvals for renewable energy projects, grid connections and infrastructure. Fast and fair permitting of renewable energy and green hydrogen infrastructure is critical to avoiding climate disaster. At the same time, good policy practices and tools are emerging across the world that can be scaled up. The aim of the Planning for Climate Commission is to share what works well in fast, effective and trust-building permitting.   

The Commission has been established by the founding members of the Global Renewables Alliance to raise awareness for the need for improved planning and approval processes for renewable energy projects and the green hydrogen economy. It will agree a set of recommendations for strengthening planning and approval processes and consider mechanisms, incentives, and awareness-raising to contribute to a high degree of acceptance for renewable energy and green hydrogen infrastructure. The Green Hydrogen Organisation provides secretarial support to the Commission. 

Planning for Climate Commission summary recommendations (.pdf)

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The Commission comprises global leaders, champions and experts with outstanding experience in climate and renewable energy decision and policy making.

Participants of the expert advisory group include: Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, European Commission, Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, International Solar Alliance, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and World Resources Institute. 

Commissioners

Marco Alverà

Marco Alverà

CEO, Tree Energy Solutions (TES)

Elbia Gannoum

Elbia Gannoum

President, Abeeolica

Ashok Khosla

Ashok Khosla

Indian environmentalist, former President of IUCN and Club of Rome

Sanjay Kumar

Deputy Secretary General, Climate Parliament

Sabah Mohamed Mashaly

Sabah Mohamed Mashaly

Chairman and Managing Director, Egyptian Electrical Transmission Company

Mads Nipper

Mads Nipper

Chief Executive Officer, Ørsted

Mary Quaney

Mary Quaney

Chief Executive Officer, Mainstream 

Shalini Rajneesh

Shalini Rajneesh

Additional Chief Secretary to Government Planning, Programme Monitoring and Statistics Department, State of Karnataka

Teresa Ribera

Teresa Ribera

Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Government of Spain 

Lisa Sachs

Lisa Sachs

Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment 

Ignacio Sánchez Galán

Ignacio Sánchez Galán

Executive Chairman, Iberdrola

Jackson Shaa

Jackson Shaa

Executive Director, Narasha Community Development Group

Photo portrait of Mr Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim

Chairman of the Green Hydrogen Development Plan (GHDP)

The Green Hydrogen Organisation

Photo portrait of Hon. Malcolm Turnbull

Hon. Malcolm Turnbull

Inagural chair

The Green Hydrogen Organisation

Photo portrait of Lord Adair Turner

Lord Adair Turner

Former Chair of the UK Financial Services Authority and Chair of the Energy Transitions Commission

Nangula Uaandja

Nangula Uaandja

CEO & Chairperson, Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board

Maarten Wetselaar

Maarten Wetselaar

Chief Executive Officer, CEPSA

Photo portrait of Hon. Kandeh Yumkella

Hon. Kandeh Yumkella

Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization