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Expanding Matchmaking Platform for Sustainable Energy Financing

IRENA’s Sustainable Energy Marketplace expands to global coverage

Driven by investments in developed and emerging economies, the last decade has seen global investments in sustainable energy increase more than five-fold. Emerging and developing country markets still have enormous growth potential, but to tap into those opportunities, project owners and investors in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency need a simple way to connect — enter the Sustainable Energy Marketplace.

A virtual platform developed by IRENA, the Marketplace highlights promising low-carbon energy projects in developing countries and helps developers, financiers and service and technology providers connect to bring projects to fruition.

To capitalise on the Marketplace’s successful first two-years of operation in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and upon requests from IRENA Members, IRENA is now expanding the Marketplace platform to cover all developing and emerging markets — including Asia, Southeast Europe and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

A single integrated platform

The expanded Marketplace unveils new user functionality and an upgraded interface that improves the user experience and facilitates interaction between the different stakeholders to advance projects. Users registered on the platform can now view all available projects, financing instruments, and services and technologies from all regions through a single integrated portal.

The Marketplace features regional hubs where users can access relevant information relevant to investment in a specific region, including basic data and updates; country-level information on policies and regulations, projects and financing instruments; and the latest news, events, calls for proposals, reports. The Marketplace also provides access to IRENA project facilitation tools and tools and information developed by partners.

More than a marketplace

New features in the Marketplace allow stakeholders to join efforts in the development of renewable energy projects by sharing project pipelines, encouraging joint financing, sharing information and relying on the active support of the platform to the project developers.

Through the platform, IRENA conducts project assessments — providing a better understanding on the needs of projects. This is then the basis for matchmaking, link projects and financing institutions, as well as other relevant stakeholders depending on the specific needs of a project.

To access the online platform, market players — including project owners, financiers and service/technology providers — are required to create a profile. In addition, project owners and investors must add at least one project or instrument, respectively, to complete the registration process. Approved users can:

  • Efficiently search for information of interest. Filtering, for example, by the specific criteria of investors, financing source or advisor, or according to a project’s needs.
  • Easily find more information about relevant entities, projects, or financing instruments, with the ability to contact them.
  • Communicate directly with IRENA on specific needs and interests.
  • Access project development tools and data on markets, regulations and incentives.

Visit IRENA’s Sustainable Energy Marketplace to learn more about the platform and to register.

[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.

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

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

A Renewable Urban Agenda

“By readdressing the way cities and human settlements are planned, designed, financed, developed, governed, and managed, the New Urban Agenda will help to end poverty and hunger… reduce inequalities, promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, achieve gender equality… improve human health and well-being, as well as foster resilience and protect the environment,” declares the New Urban Agenda, the world’s latest commitment to develop sustainable cities.

Adopted on 20 October at the Habitat III conference in Quito, the principles of the New Urban Agenda embrace sustainable energy to drive economic prosperity and social well-being. Continue reading A Renewable Urban Agenda

Living Sustainably: Future Renewable Cities

For millennia, the vast majority of the world’s population lived in the countryside. But with the onset of the agricultural and industrial revolution in the early 19th Century, technological and societal changes encouraged increased urbanisation. Fast forward to today and more than 54% of the world’s population lives in cities — a situation that brings both good and bad. One of the most pressing challenges is making sure that cities, which represents 65% of global energy demand and produce 70% of CO­2 emissions, are economically and environmentally sustainable.

To address the challenges and opportunities inherent in creating sustainable cities, the United Nations organises every 20 years a Conference of Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as ‘Habitat’. This year Habitat III, the third summit of its kind, convenes from 17 to 20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. The conference aims to adopt a “New Urban Agenda” that will lay the future groundwork for policies and approaches to sustainable development for cities around the world. Continue reading Living Sustainably: Future Renewable Cities

IRENA and the Inter-American Development Bank Award Support to Renewable Energy Project Development

IRENA and the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Sustainable Energy Marketplace for Latin America and the Caribbean, have announced a $300,000 technical assistance award to advance the development of six renewable energy projects across Latin America and the Caribbean.

The projects — based in Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico — cover a range of areas including solar, wind, and carbon management. “The Sustainable Energy Marketplace supports projects at different stages of development. Through the project development support and the work with IDB, this platform will create a bigger, more liquid market for renewable energy projects that will eventually improve access to sustainable and reliable energy in a financially sustainable manner,” said Henning Wuester, Director of IRENA’s Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre. Continue reading IRENA and the Inter-American Development Bank Award Support to Renewable Energy Project Development

IRENA to Host 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi

Access to electricity in remote and rural areas is necessary to combat poverty and meet the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. Roughly 15% of the world’s population lives without electricity and many more with unreliable access. Off-grid renewable energy solutions are a cost-effective, environmentally-sustainable and scalable option to expand access to electricity to reach unconnected areas.

The business case to deploy off-grid renewable energy solutions (stand-alone and mini-grid systems) in rural areas has never been stronger. The big question is – How can we scale-up off-grid renewable energy deployment? Continue reading IRENA to Host 3rd International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi