Decarbonising the Global Economy: Thinking Differently to Achieve a Renewable Energy Future

Building a renewable energy future will require new ways of thinking about the transformation of energy systems locally, regionally and globally. During a plenary session at the World Climate Summit on 13 November, held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, a diverse panel of speakers discussed the kinds of innovations needed to achieve rapid deployment of renewables – starting now and accelerating deployment through to 2050.

IRENA Director General Adnan Z. Amin introduced the session with the observation that the transformation of the power sector is no longer an issue given that the business case has become so clear and compelling. The greater challenge, he said, lies with finding solutions for transport, heating and cooling, and energy intensive industries. Continue reading Decarbonising the Global Economy: Thinking Differently to Achieve a Renewable Energy Future

[Video] Sustainable Transportation Innovators Speak Out at COP22 Energy Day

One of the sub-themes emerging at this year’s Global Climate Action Agenda Energy Day at COP22, co-organised by IRENA and Sustainable Energy for All, was sustainable transport. Bertrand Piccard, initiator, chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse, the pioneering aircraft that flew around the world powered only by the sun, captured the sentiments of many during the day’s discussions immediately following his participation.

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The Transformative Role of Renewable Energy – Energy Day at COP 22

“The climate objectives agreed in Paris require nothing less than the radical decarbonisation of the global economy,” said Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General, speaking before the start of Energy Day at COP22 on November 11.

“Transitioning rapidly to a future fuelled by renewable energy, combined with improving energy efficiency, is the single most effective way to stave off catastrophic climate change while providing citizens with a better quality of life. But the pace and scale of change needs to dramatically increase if we are to fulfil the promise of the Paris Agreement. Governments need to create the necessary policy and finance frameworks to catalyse a groundswell of initiatives, as the private sector develops its own decarbonisation strategies. This is well within our reach,” the Director-General said.

Energy Day was jointly organized by IRENA and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), in cooperation with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) and the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency. It was one of a series of thematic days hosted by “Climate Champions” Minister Hakima El Haite (Morocco) and Laurence Tubiana (France),  held under the auspices of the COP22 Presidency. The full programme and speaker’s lineup can be found here. Continue reading The Transformative Role of Renewable Energy – Energy Day at COP 22

IRENA Director-General Meets Vice-President of Uruguay

Uruguay is a global leader in renewables deployment, with more than 94% of the country’s electricity coming from renewables in 2015. The successful implementation of an enabling policy and regulatory framework helped drive this remarkable transition in just over a decade.

On 8 November 2016, HE Mr. Raul Sendic, Vice-President of Uruguay, visited IRENA’s headquarters to show his support for the Agency and engage with IRENA’s Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin. Continue reading IRENA Director-General Meets Vice-President of Uruguay

Renewable Energy Track Underway as COP22 Opens in Marrakech

COP22, the United Nations annual climate conference, kicked off Monday in Marrakech, Morocco with delegations lighting solar lanterns to represent unity for a clean energy future, essential to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

Ségolène Royal, French Environment Minister opened the meeting highlighting that this year is the African COP and the COP of action, she pointed out that we must focus on renewable energy, gender and climate justice.

Royal said, “African States are the most mobilized & committed of all, they are re-inventing the world of tomorrow. Our generation should not reproduce mistakes of the previous fossil based economies.” Continue reading Renewable Energy Track Underway as COP22 Opens in Marrakech

IRENA’s 12th Council Convenes

“When we started out just over five years ago, many were not convinced of the need for the energy transformation, or of the role renewables could play therein. But developments during the past few years exceeded the expectations of even the most optimistic supporters,” announced IRENA Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, during the opening of IRENA’s 12th Council.

Convened from 1 to 2 November 2016, IRENA’s 12th Council attracted more than 300 high-level government representatives from 100 countries – the most ever represented at a Council meeting. Continue reading IRENA’s 12th Council Convenes

Renewable Energy and IRENA at COP22

Last year’s COP21, the United Nation’s annual climate conference, represented a critical negotiating juncture for the world — a make or break conference that determined whether countries would be able to set aside their differences and address the most pressing issue the modern world has ever faced: global climate change.

COP21’s Paris Agreement, which enters into force on 4 November, calls for limiting average global temperature rise to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels at a minimum. But the fine details of how to do that have not been finalised. This year’s COP22, held from 7 to 18 November, will help determine what concerted actions are needed to avoid catastrophic and irreversible climate change. Continue reading Renewable Energy and IRENA at COP22

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