What is SPIREC ?

IREC is the International Renewable Energy Conference, co-hosted by a national government and REN21.

Under the name SPIREC 2023, the 2023 IREC is being held by Spain from the 20th to the 23rd of February in Madrid, specifically at the IFEMA MADRID FAIR CENTER within the framework of GENERA.

This is an international high-level policy event where decision-makers from across society come together to meet and discuss policies and experiences. It focuses on building collective know-how to advance renewables at the international, national and sub-national levels.


Why Spain?

Spain has committed to achieve climate neutrality at the latest by 2050.

The Spanish Government has promoted an ambitious strategic framework on energy and climate change, which includes the Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, setting clear targets and governance for the deployment of renewable energy.

In the current context, Spain advocates for the energy transition as the key driver for economic recovery, the protection of consumers and the reduction of vulnerabilities associated with external energy dependence. This is why the energy transition is one of the four pillars of Spain’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the core of the country’s response to the current energy prices crisis.

Spain has an enormous renewable energy potential and a high-quality electrical system geared towards the integration of renewable energy. It also has relevant experience in hosting international conferences, such as COP25.
As the next IREC host, the Spanish Government will be encouraging debate and specific actions to accelerate the energy transition in Spain, Europe and globally, especially months before the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second semester of 2023.


What is planned at SPIREC 2023?

Bringing together high-level representatives of governments, as well as the private sector, academia and civil society.
SPIREC is a unique opportunity to deepen and broaden the conversation about how to achieve an energy system that supports sustainable development and climate objectives, in particular in the context of the current energy crisis, concerns over global supply chains and the need to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality.

SPIREC aims to be the turning point for public debate on renewable energy.

Conference sessions will focus on renewable energy supply chains, integration in end uses, social participation and positive impacts of renewable energy deployment, the technical and policy challenges ahead and the opportunities of the energy transition.


What will be covered at SPIREC 2023?

1. Renewables for energy security and strategic autonomy.

2. Renewables from the supply and demand sides: integration in all sectors.

3. People at the center of the energy transition.

4. Opportunities of the renewable energy-based economy,

5. Jumping in Feet First: Innovation and scaling-up to get there sooner.