IRENA reaches out to energy innovators at European Utility Week and the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference
The ‘three Ds’ of renewable energy — decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation — are bringing new opportunities and transforming the energy sector. Innovations in technology, operations, policy, regulation, and business, are all interacting and re-enforcing each other’s contributions to the power system transformation towards low-carbon energy.
To better understand the reproducibility and scalability of the energy sector’s innovations and to accelerate the sector’s transformation, IRENA organised in October 2017 two sessions to discuss developments directly with innovators at the European Utility Week 2017 (EUW2017) in Amsterdam, and the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) in Brussels. Continue reading Building innovation networks to transform the energy landscape
Agency points to strong policy frameworks to boost investment
IRENA’s Director General Adnan Z. Amin met with the President of Argentina, Mr. Mauricio Macri during a recent visit to Argentina. Mr. Amin was in Buenos Aires to participate in the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) Meeting of Ministers. The meeting offered Mr. Amin an opportunity on behalf of IRENA to congratulate Argentina for its successful ‘Year of Renewable Energy’ in 2017.
The year-long initiative launched by President Macri in January 2017 was put in place to catalyse the nation’s renewable energy development and set the country on a path to easing its dependence on imported fossil fuels, and to reducing its carbon emissions in line with Paris Agreement commitments. Continue reading IRENA Presents President of Argentina with award for Year of Renewable Energy
Two things characterized the Fourteenth Meeting of the IRENA Council: The first was a clear sense of collective determination to build on the momentum of the global energy transition. The second was a redoubling of commitments to the work of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as a catalyst for that process. Continue reading IRENA’s 14th Council Reinforces Need for More Action
IRENA to convene a global conversation at COP23 on the centrality of renewables in efforts to combat climate change
The adoption and entry into force of the Paris Agreement represented an unprecedented global deal to take deliberate and concerted action to combat climate change and keep the global temperature rise below two or even one-and-a-half degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
To meet even the less stringent of the two Paris goals, the global energy system needs to be fully decarbonized by 2060, despite an expected tripling of global GDP during the same period. This requires a more than seven-fold increase in the deployment of renewables compared to the growth that we have seen over the past decade, with renewables comprising two-thirds of global energy supply by 2050. Continue reading IRENA at COP23
Central American countries seek to bring geothermal to the forefront of future energy development plans
1,500 kilometres long, Central America’s volcanic arc consists of hundreds of volcanoes — from sky scrapping stratovolcanoes like Guatemala’s 4,202 metre Volcán Tajumulco, to crater lakes like El Salvador’s Ilopango — the very ground of this ocean-separating, continent-connecting, ribbon of land, moves.
The region’s unique geothermal activity is the result of what geologists call subduction: one tectonic plate, the Cocos Plate, moving under others, the Caribbean and North American plates, forcing earth, magma, and heat to the surface. While this does result in life-threatening earthquakes and volcanoes, the geothermal heat released provides a largely untapped energy that the region’s countries are now resolved to harness. Continue reading Geothermal, a Hot Topic in El Salvador
Leaders of the world’s biggest economies envision renewables’ key role in economic growth
The world’s commitment to a renewable energy powered future strengthened this month as leaders of the G20 — a bloc of the 20 world’s most powerful economies — revealed a Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth, placing sustainable renewables at the centre of efforts to rejuvenate the global economy and address climate change. Continue reading Renewables at the Heart of G20 Hamburg Energy Action Plan
New lecture series highlights the political, technological, financial, socio-economic, commercial, and regional opportunities and challenges for a future powered by renewables.
Starting this autumn and continuing into 2018, IRENA and the “Sustainable Development in International Cooperation” coordination unit of the University of Bonn have organised a lecture series that will analyse and discuss the political, technological, financial, socioeconomic, commercial and regional opportunities and challenges of a renewable energy powered future. Continue reading A Renewable Future Lecture Series in Bonn
Home to over 40 million people and with an economy growing more than a 3 per cent per year, Central America is a region with rapidly increasing energy needs. The natural conditions and climate variability of the region make it vulnerable to natural disasters, and approximately 7 million people in the region still have limited or no access to basic electricity.
To help tackle Central America’s growing energy demand, diversify its energy mix, and ultimately reduce the region’s reliance on fossil fuels, IRENA and Central American countries are working together to implement identified renewable energy recommendations in the region. Continue reading Renewable Energy Efforts Scaled-Up in Central America
EU Sustainable Energy Week gathers leaders from across renewable energy landscape
Key players throughout Europe have emerged as leaders in the ongoing global energy transition. But the work to address the challenge of climate change and accelerate the use of renewable energy is not just being carried out by national governments, it is also by ordinary people, entrepreneurs, local authorities, businesses, NGOs and European institutions. One of those European institutions, the European Commission, recently convened the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels, Belgium, where IRENA participated as a strategic partner throughout the event. Continue reading Europe Showcases Renewable Energy Progress at EU Sustainable Energy Week
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