“The global transition to a sustainable energy system is well underway and renewables are at the centre stage of it,” said IRENA Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, at the World Energy Congress in Istanbul. “We must accelerate this scale up – and the reality is that the business case for renewables is here today to make it happen,” Mr Amin told the congress.
Organised by the World Energy Council and held every three years, the World Energy Congress is a gathering of more than 10,000 world leaders in the field of energy — representing industries, governments, international organizations, media, universities, and associations. Continue reading Director-General Amin Takes Energy Transition Message to World Energy Congress
The energy sector accounts for more than two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, the global population will reach 9.7 billion, and with this growth the world will need to produce roughly 80% more energy than it does today. Meeting this growing energy demand, particularly in urban areas, will require a global shift towards a more sustainable ‘green economy’.
“The policies, technologies and business models required to power our green economy are available today,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin during his keynote speech at the opening of this year’s World Green Economy Summit 2016 (WGES). The World Green Economy Summit is a global platform, held in Dubai, for discussing, fostering, and planning the shift from a fossil fuel powered world, to a green economy. Continue reading IRENA Director-General Brings Renewables Revolution to Centre Stage of Dubai Summit
Until recently, renewable-powered mini-grids were viewed as capable of delivering only basic energy services – for single houses or small communities – but recent technological innovations are changing that perception. Increasingly, renewable energy mini-grids offer a means to meet much larger power needs, including for industry.
Since 1990 energy access has improved and nearly two billion more people have gained access. However, more than a billion people still lack electricity access and another billion have only an unreliable supply. To achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the pace of expansion needs to at least double, and estimates suggest that off-grid solutions will provide roughly 60 per cent of the additional generation needed. Continue reading Solving the Energy Access Problem with Renewable Mini-Grids
Agriculture and related agri-food activities are at the heart of the rural economy, with a large percentage of households employed in harvesting, agro-processing, transporting and selling produce. Yet, rural communities often struggle with the lack of access and affordability of resources, and they can be limited to producing low-quality goods with little variety. This traps rural economies in poverty.
Affordable energy services were recognized as essential ingredients of economic development in the Millennium Development Goals, including the eradication of extreme poverty. More recently, access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy has been included as one of the Sustainable Development Goals. Increasing access to cost-effective and environmentally sustainable energy services can have a broader development impact through better livelihoods, improved health, gender equality and enhanced education..
Released this weekend at the International Off-grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition, IRENA’s first interactive digital publication, Renewable Energy Benefits: Decentralised Solutions in the Agri-food Chain, highlights the socio-economic benefits of using decentralised renewable energy to deliver energy for activities in the agri-food chain in rural areas. Continue reading Renewables for Growing Food and for Growing the Economy
Nearly 600 off-grid renewable energy practitioners and leaders from the public and private sector are gathering in Nairobi, Kenya this weekend for the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC). Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in partnership with the Kenya Ministry of Energy and Petroleum and the Alliance for Rural Electrification, the objective of IOREC is to boost electricity access through the development of off-grid renewables. Continue reading International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference Highlights Changing Energy Access Narrative
Information is a key factor in making smart investment decisions regarding renewable energy. But accessing this information can be challenging. To help sort through the vast sea of data on renewable energy, a free new web tool is now available that gives website owners the ability to easily and accurately tag their online renewables-related content — in five different languages.
IRENA and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) have collaborated to develop the ‘Renewables Tagger’, a sub-component of the existing Climate Tagger — overhauling the tool’s thesaurus content related to renewable energy concepts and terminologies, and adding a new technical feature allowing users to pre-select only the new tagging section of the thesaurus. Continue reading Free New Web Tool Tags Renewable Energy Content
Southeast Asia is growing fast — its population is expected to grow from around 615 million in 2014 to over 715 million by 2025, and its economies at a rate of five per cent per year. All of this growth is expected to fuel a four per cent annual growth in energy demand, raising the region’s share to over 7.5 per cent of the world’s total.
To meet this growing energy demand in a sustainable manner, last October, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) set an aspirational target of supplying 23 per cent of its total primary energy from modern renewable sources by 2025. With its current set of policies, the region is on path to only reach a 17 per cent share by that time — six percentage points short of the target.
Today, during the 34th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting being held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, IRENA and the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) are previewing a study, Renewable Energy Outlook for ASEAN — a REmap analysis, showcasing technological and sectorial renewable energy deployment options that can help ASEAN countries achieve their target by 2025. The study will be released publically later this year.
Continue reading A Renewable Future for Southeast Asia