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Nurturing Innovation for a Low-Carbon Future

New paper from IRENA sheds light on the conditions needed for renewable energy innovation to flourish

Keeping the rise of global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius means reducing energy-related carbon dioxide emissions by more than 70 per cent by 2050 (compared to 2015 levels). Analysis by IRENA for the G20 Presidency has shown that renewable energy and energy efficiency could potentially achieve 90 per cent of those reductions.

However, further technological breakthroughs and new business models are still needed to fulfil this potential. IRENA’s new working paper seeks to identify priorities for the innovation that will enable the decarbonisation of the energy sector. Continue reading Nurturing Innovation for a Low-Carbon Future

Central Asia Aims for Sustainability

Countries pledge to further boost renewables through regional collaboration with IRENA

Central Asian countries have committed to scaling up renewable energy deployment and to further collaborate with IRENA to meet their targets under the Paris Agreement. Building on a meeting held in April in Abu Dhabi, a newly released Communiqué from the five Central Asian countries highlights ongoing efforts across the region to create more conducive policy, regulatory, institutional and financing frameworks for renewable energy investments. Continue reading Central Asia Aims for Sustainability

Growing Sustainably with Bioenergy

IRENA, FAO and IEA agree bioenergy can help meet sustainable development goals

Bioenergy is the most widely used renewable energy source worldwide, and IRENA estimates it could account for half of the renewable energy needed in 2030 to meet climate targets. But to gain the support of the public, expanded use of bioenergy must be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.

A Round Table at the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition on 13 June 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden, provided an opportunity for IRENA, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Bioenergy Cooperation Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA) to set forth a joint briefing paper on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development.  The paper points out that bioenergy can help meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for climate change action, food security, sustainable land use, and access to affordable, reliable, modern sustainable energy for all. Continue reading Growing Sustainably with Bioenergy

IRENA Global Atlas 3.0: Resource data for renewable energy professionals

An upgrade to IRENA’s renewable energy prospecting platform fosters user collaboration to facilitate project development

Energy planners developing solar power and other renewable energy projects now have better access to free data and tools, with the rollout of IRENA’s Global Atlas 3.0. Updated with new comprehensive data and features, Global Atlas 3.0 is designed with simplicity, contribution and collaboration in mind, to assist in the early stages of renewable energy project development.

“The new Global Atlas update brings huge improvements for developers, market analysts, energy planners and policy makers. This will lead to more renewable energy projects coming to life and new markets penning up for renewable energy investments,” says Henning Wuester, Director of IRENA’s Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre.

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IRENA’s 13th Council Convenes

Agency’s governing body discusses the next steps towards a sustainable future

“We are in the midst of a major energy transition and renewables are at the centre stage of it, experiencing continuous growth and development in more and more countries around the world,” announced IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin at the opening of the 13th IRENA Council.

Convening from 23 to 24 May, with a preparatory day on 22 May and a Policy Day on 25 May, the 13th Council attracted the registration of over 300 delegates representing 110 countries — the highest participation ever at an IRENA Council. Continue reading IRENA’s 13th Council Convenes

An Ancient Route Renewed

China’s Belt and Road Initiative revives history for modern trade, development and renewable energy across Asia

Stretching thousands of kilometres, across mountains and deserts, the Silk Road holds a special place in history. Traversed by Marco Polo and named after one of its most precious goods, the trade route facilitated an exchange of ideas, technology, and animals between East and West, Asia, Europe and Africa. Though its relevance waned with the opening of sea routes between Asia and Europe, the rebirth of China’s economic power and ambitions over the last decade has rejuvenated the once dormant route.

No longer a winding caravan trail, China’s new Belt and Road Initiative aims to interconnect and bring development, stability, and resource security across 60 countries. At the centre of powering this economic ambition is renewable energy. Continue reading An Ancient Route Renewed