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Renewables and Energy Efficiency: a Dynamic Duo

Maximising the synergy between the two crucial objectives can drastically reduce energy-related carbon emissions.

At present, our atmosphere has 407 parts per million carbon dioxide (CO2). According to NASA, we’d have to go back to 650,000 years to experience CO2 concentrations this high. The impacts of the high concentration of this climate-changing greenhouse gas in our atmosphere are being felt globally.

“Rethinking our energy sector is the key to addressing carbon emissions,” says Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre. “Almost every country in the world has made a commitment to reduce their carbon emissions through the Paris Agreement, but exactly how varies.” Continue reading Renewables and Energy Efficiency: a Dynamic Duo

IRENA Convenes Ministers at COP22 to Address Renewables for Africa

Ministers and senior officials from government, international organizations, development institutions and civil society gathered at COP22 in Marrakech on Monday to discuss the pathways to meet African climate objectives with renewable energy.

Building on concrete experiences, the high-level event, organized by IRENA and Environnement et Developpement du Tiers-Monde, gathered government representatives, climate finance institutes, development partners and civil society to discuss how African countries can reap the potential of renewable energy through NDC implementation while advancing their national development priorities. The side-event highlighted the key features of tools and climate finance resource to support NDC implementation. Continue reading IRENA Convenes Ministers at COP22 to Address Renewables for Africa

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