How to deliver clean energy access to the billions of people that need it will be a key question at COP 22 this year. ACCESS members will be working with negotiators and hosting side events to advocate for energy access that meets the needs of the poorest, and involves communities in decision making processes.

ACCESS Statement on COP 22

ACCESS Coalition at COP 22

View the full list of side events here:

IRENA are putting together a list of Renewable Energy events here: COP22 Renewable Energy Track

Further details of Hivos activities and events:

ACCESS coalition members attending

  • Geres
  • Ghana Alliance of Clean Cookstoves
  • Hivos
  • Kenya Climate Change Working Group
  • Practical Action
  • SNV
  • TERI
  • WWF

Events involving ACCESS members

Monday 7 November

14.00 Unlocking Climate Finance for DRE side event in the Africa Pavilion (Sall1)

14.00 – 15.30 Quiz- Sustainable Hammams (Agora Art and Culture)

Tuesday 8 Nov

11.00-11.45 Round table Multistakeholder Coalition for energy transition territories (Club France Area)

13:15 – 14:45 Zambia & Renewable Energy: Rural Electrification Technology Transfer & Hydropower Vulnerability (Bering)

Zambia’s NDC goals in off-grid renewable energy for rural electrification include innovative technology partnerships with China, Denmark & UNDP. At the same time, responding to climate impacts on hydropower in Zambia requires integrated planning, adaptive design & strong cross-sectoral institutions

Speakers: Zambia Govt representative, Zambia UNDP representative, Chinese Govt representative, Randall Spalding-Fecher, University of Cape Town/Carbon Limits/GERERE Francis Yamba, CEEEZ Marcus Wishart or Ijeoma Emenanjo, World Bank

14.00 – 15.30 Quiz Sustainable Hammams Agora Art and Culture

Wednesday 9 November

On-farm renewables: How the world’s farmers can address climate change and support food security

Possibilities and practicalities of delivering and enhancing food security through transforming the world’s energy systems. Discussion of renewable energy potential, co-benefits and trade-offs especially around land use, and exploration of funding options, alongside real-life experiences of farmers

Speakers: Don McCabe (CFA) and farmers from developing and other developed countries, speakers from IRENA, Imperial College and international funding organisations

Thursday 10 November

9.00 Heroes of the Tahala Village (Green Zone – Room 5, Climate Convention Centre)

Greenpeace: Solar heroes are everyday people who have decided to follow the renewable and solar energy path towards 100RE for a more resilient society and community. The event will present solar heroes from the Moroccan village of Tahala that will testify on how solar energy contributed in increasing the resilience of their society.

A virtual photo exhibition will be projected throughout the event. The panel will include members of the Tahala grid project as well as the local community of Tahala village, and discussions will resolve around the theme of renewable energy and its contribution to a more resilient society.

11.00 – 12.30 Round table Info Energy Center accelerator of energy transition in Chefchaouen (Room 8)

Creating Climate Finance Pathways for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Many NDCs conditionally rely on significant inward investment to be fully realized. This event will focus on the available and emerging financial solutions to achieve this, highlighting work by REEEP, PFAN and the GGGI’s Green Investment Services.

Speakers: High level representatives of key organizations and national ministries, including REEEP, PFAN, GGGI, Rwanda, Indonesia, Uganda, and others.

15.00 – 16.30 Round table Sustainable Hammams (Room 4)

16.45 – 18.15, Zero carbon transition: shifting investment towards renewable energy & achieving energy for all (Pacific Room)

We will present national and regional evidence for the case for a shift to renewable energy & energy for all in developing countries, to deliver targeted engagement with the drivers of change. We will discuss ways forward to closing the ambition gap, while delivering sustainable energy development

Speakers: Civil society experts’ presentations: on the results of research from LAC; Asia and Africa on identifying spaces/actors the CSOs Equity Review of INDCs & lessons learned, 2. Ways forward to closing the ambition gap; then a panel of Party representatives responds; then questions and comments.

Friday 11 November

Improving NDCs: Ecovillage development, energy access, & zero carbon societies in Africa, Asia & EU

How can local solutions lead to ambitious NDCs, provide energy access & improve livelihoods? Many ecovillages and local communities are net zero carbon, energy self-sufficient, and offer extraordinary opportunities to scale up local renewables, climate friendly agriculture, ecosystem restoration etc

Speakers: D.Ba, f.dir. Senegal Natl Ecovillage Agency; K.Joubert, CEO, GEN; T.Clarke, ECOLISE; Govt Rep. Bhutan for Life; K.Myles, INFORSE-South Asia; D.Herath, IDEA SriLanka; S.Maharjan, CRT/Nepal; M.M.Hasan, Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh; S.Patnaik CANSA; P.Allen, CAT, UK; P.Maegaard & L.Gorrona, NFVE, Denmark

10.30 – 10.45 Moving debate energy efficiency and entrepreneurship (Club France Area)

Saturday 12 November

15.00 – 16.30  Round table citizen involvement in the energy transition Room 4

Monday 14 November

Hivos will participate in different panels on the all day EU energy dialogue (program tbd)

15.16 – 16.45 EU Energy Day Round table Energy for rural areas (Africa EU Pavilion)

Tuesday 15 November

11.00 – 12.30 Transforming the Cooking Energy Sector (GIZ Stand (No 308) Green Zone)

Organisers: GIZ in cooperation with RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency), SNV, World Bank and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC)

In this side event, the multidisciplinary aspects of clean cooking are addressed: access to energy, gender, health, deforestation), and specifically the significant contribution of clean cookstoves to reduction of CO2 emissions.

Note: Since seats are limited (40 seats only) participation is on invitation only. If you are interested please contact Edu Willemse (

11.30-12.00 Launch of Hivos/WWF report on Clean Cooking: Beyond the Fire, (press conference room Dakhl)

15.00-17.00 Civil society Workshop on “How do we achieve a RE future for all – a specific focus on the Global South”, Open space facilitated workshop with Christian Aid, CAN, WWF and HIVOS (ENGO room)

Many people from national NGOs who actively work on energy access and renewable energy attend the negotiations but there is limited space to connect, share ideas and experiences and even strategise with other organisations from other countries and regions working in the same area towards a renewable energy future for all. This workshop aims to create a space where these connections can be made over in-depth dialogue on questions in relation to how we achieve a renewable energy future for all.

15.00 – 16.30 Scaling innovative solutions for mitigation & adaptation (Observer room 8, Blue Zone)

Organisers: SNV (lead) in cooperation with Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Government of Cameroon.

This side events looks into how innovative approaches, like mobile technology or drones, can contribute to climate adaptation and mitigation at scale. Speakers include government representatives and CEOs of innovative businesses. Businesses can act as a catalyst to scale these climate change innovations, a key success factor is close cooperation between private and public sector.

Wednesday 16 November

100% RE for 1.5C coalition event

Hosted by the COP 22 Presidency, in partnership with the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), a diverse group of leaders from civil society, governments and businesses will come together at an event during COP 22: “100% RE for 1.5°C” will make the case for a transition to 100% Renewable Energy (RE) as the ethical, feasible, financially sound and logical approach to address climate change, provide energy access and keep global warming below 1.5°C. By convening a wide range of stakeholders sharing their expertise, perspective or analysis, this event will be an unprecedented opportunity during a COP to jointly make a case for and strengthen an ambitious yet realistic and economically sound pathway towards a decarbonized world with Renewable Energy for all.

Accelerating Investments in Renewable Energy in Africa: Challenges and success stories-Ghana & Kenya

An enhanced dissemination, adoption and utilisation of renewable energy sources are critical for climate change mitigation. Unfortunately, investments in RE in Africa are inadequate. The event will unravel successes, opportunities & constraints to renewable energy investments in Ghana and Kenya

Speakers: Minister of power, Dr. Kwame Ampofo-Board Chair,Energy Commission, Mr. Otu Danquah-Ag. Director,Energy Commission, Prof. Felix Asante, University of Ghana Dr. Ana Pueyo,Institute of Development Studies, UK, Dr. Dickson Khainga, Kenya Institute for Public Policy & Research and Analysis

Financing energy efficiency in developing countries – What are the challenges and options available?

Improving energy efficiency in domestic housing, industry and small businesses is essential to reduce GHG emissions and enhance climate resilience. This side event will present good practice examples for energy efficiency projects in developing countries and explore financing options.

Speakers: KfW – Mr. Jochen Harnisch, GERES “ECODEV Program” – Mr. Romain Cres, The Carbon Trust – Mr. Simon Retallack, The Energy Resource Institute (TERI)- TBC

Resilient partners: Adaptation, mitigation & energy services in Indigenous & remote communities

This panel explores the creative alliances required to build climate change adaptation capacity by delivering integrated and impactful solutions for education, energy & infrastructure within a 2030 timeframe. Case studies from the global south and Indigenous communities in Canada will be presented.

Speakers: Adepeju Adeosun (Virgin Earth Challenge), Michael Brooks (New Scientist), Kansie Fox (Blood Tribe Land Mgmt.), Aaron Leopold (Practical Action), Laura Lynes (The Rockies Institute), Shawn Marshall (U Calgary), Greg Poelzer (USask), Jatin Nathwani (U Waterloo), Fabiola Ortiz (Discourse Media)

16.45 – 18.15 Round table Financing energy efficiency in developing countries (Arabian Room)


Thursday 17th November

12.30 – 12.45 Moving Debate Rural electrification in Africa (Club France Area)