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PRESS RELEASE | April 20, 2021

We are pleased to announce that GREENMAP (Global Renewable Energy Mass Adoption Program) is partnering with the ETC and RRF formed by the UK Government within the COP26 Presidency to accelerate transition towards clean energy and away from coal globally.

GREENMAP is one of the 17 global partner organizations involved in this initiative (see full list below) and one of the very few non-for-profit organizations participating. Other partners include multilateral development banks, national and international cooperation agencies and large consultancy firms.

Partnering with ETC and RRF will allow GREENMAP to broaden its outreach and potential impact into new countries. Direct access to committed governments will allow GREENAMP to provide better and faster assistance to design and implement technical, legal and financial instruments to enhance existing and/or design new renewable energy procurement programs to scale investments in alignment with climate ambitions.

We are very excited about this new opportunity and thankful to the UK Government and ETC’s leadership for the invitation.

Sebastian Kind, Chairman of GREENMAP, said: “Despite high growth potential, renewable energy adoption in most developing countries has been slow, with investments not flowing at the necessary scale. We believe the ETC and RRF could play a pivotal role, broadening political commitment and driving a coordinated effort to reverse this pattern. GREENMAP looks forward to delivering real long-lasting impact in collaboration with the RRF and the other partners”.


GREENMAP stands for Global Renewable Energy Mass Adoption Program. We are an impact-driven and independent non-profit organization created to accelerate deployment of renewable generation in developing economies. GREENMAP’s strategy is to support governments of developing countries design and implement stable regulatory frameworks and new financial schemes to develop their renewable energy sectors and boost the reduction of their GHG emissions. We focus on implementation. GREENMAP is currently funded by the Climate Breakthrough Project (an initiative of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in partnership with Oak Foundation, Good Energies Foundation and Ikea Foundation), the European Climate Foundation and Quadrature Climate Foundation.

About COP26 Energy Transition Council (ETC) and its Rapid Response Facility (RRF)

The ETC was launched by the Government of the United Kingdom as part of its COP26 Presidency to bring together leaders in the power sector across politics, finance and technology to speed up the transition from coal to clean renewable energy in developing countries. The Council agreed to explore specific opportunities for collaboration in areas including: a) Making clean power technologies the preferred option for countries investing in new power generation, with the aim of doubling the rate of investment in clean power by 2030; b) Developing policy and regulatory frameworks to attract the private sector to help deliver and finance these investment needs; c) Supporting people and communities heavily reliant on the coal economy to make a secure and just transition to clean power and other economic opportunities, ensuring that no one is left behind; and d) Enabling the delivery of SDG7, harnessing centralised and decentralised clean energy solutions to achieve universal access to sustainable, affordable, modern energy by 2030, increase energy efficiency, and maximise the wider development benefits of the energy transition.

In 2021, the UK Government will host COP26. One of the key campaigns of COP26 focuses on energy transitions, aiming to shift electricity neration away from coal and to accelerate the deployment of clean power solutions, including more flexible green grids, storage and grid/demand-side efficiency. To support this process, the UK COP26 Presidency has convened an Energy Transition Council (ETC), including major development finance institutions, intergovernmental agencies and major climate funds.

The first ministerial meeting of the ETC was held on 4 December 2020, at which ministers and senior officials from 21 countries came together with leaders of the world’s international organisations focused on the global power sector, after which they made a joint summary statement agreeing to work together to find solutions more quickly to the technical, economic and social aspects of the transition to low cost, low carbon, inclusive and resilient power systems. During 2021, the ETC is holding a series of dialogues with emerging economies facing a range of energy transition challenges to identify potential areas for greater international collaboration to address these.

The RRF will support swift action that directly responds to needs identified in dialogue between developing countries and the Energy Transition Council. It will complement the Energy Transition Council’s work with donors and development partners to develop stronger, longer-term programmatic support for developing countries’ energy transitions.

The RRF is supported by the following partners:

● African Development Bank – SEFA

● Agora Energiewende and the International Network of Energy Transition Think Tanks (INETTT), part of the Crux Alliance

● Asian Development Bank

● Baringa Partners

● Climate Emergency Collaboration Group, CECG


● France, AFD

● Germany, GIZ


● IEA Clean Energy Transitions Programme


● McKinsey and Company

● NDC Partnership

● Pollination

● South East Asia Energy Transition Partnership

● UK, FCDO Climate Compatible Growth Programme and BEIS Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions Programme

● World Bank ESMAP