IRENA fourth Assembly and events during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) works to ensure the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth. 


  • IRENA Showcases Sustainable Energy Future

    23 January 2014

    At a debate hosted jointly by IRENA and the Financial Times, Australia’s former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd (on screen, right), was among the high-level panellists discussing the question: “Can we double the share of renewables in the energy mix by 2030?”

    IRENA has wrapped up a week of high-level meetings and deliberations in Abu Dhabi. The fourth annual IRENA Assembly gathered 1,000 delegates from over 160 countries and 120 organisations to map out possible pathways for the next two decades of the renewable energy transition. It was followed by the World Future Energy Summit and other events forming “Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week”. Click here for a round-up of IRENA’s activities throughout the week.

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  • Renewable energy creates jobs

    22 January 2014

    IRENA’s Director-General highlighted the socio-economic benefits of renewable energy.

    “In a world recovering from an economic crisis and stressed by high unemployment rates, the number of jobs that can be created through renewable energy development is an important consideration for policy-makers,” said IRENA’s Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, at the first international Renewable Energy Jobs Conference in Abu Dhabi on 21 January. “It is critical that we unleash the full potential of human capacity to meet the challenge of the green energy economy. This will be the next pillar of sustainable growth.”  Read more

  • Renewables Jobs Conference Opens

    21 January 2014

    Over 5.7 million people are employed directly or indirectly in renewable energy - a figure that could triple by 2030 with a scale-up to ensure global energy sustainability.

    The first International Renewable Energy Jobs Conference has started at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. As policy makers look beyond energy security and environmental aspects, the conference - featuring prominent speakers from the renewables sector around the world - looks at wider socio-economic benefits, particularly job creation.

    IRENA has also released a new report on the topic Renewable Energy and Jobs.

    The conference, taking place in the UAE alongside this week's World Future Energy Summit, continues all day and is open to the public.

  • Clean energy needs better business models

    21 January 2014

    The IRENA booth at the World Future Energy Summit, 20-22 January 2014 (Photograph: IRENA/N. MacDonald)

    At Abu Dhabi’s World Future Energy Summit (WFES) this week, delegates are looking at ways to scale-up investment in renewables to ensure a sustainable energy future.

    Hybridising Isolated Diesel Grids for Clean Decentralised Energy – Public-Private Investment Opportunities.

    An interactive workshop today (21 January) showcased the progress and results of business and financial models developed for hybrid mini-grids in seven locations. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Siemens and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) jointly hosted the workshop, open to all WFES delegates.

    21 January 2014

    Risk Coverage for Renewable Energy Investments

    Yesterday (20 January), IRENA and the Climate Policy Initiative jointly hosted a meeting exploring the effectiveness, and potential further development, of risk mitigation tools for renewable energy investment, focusing in particular on political risk and loan guarantee mechanisms.

  • Global Atlas for Renewable Energy enlarges

    19 January 2014

    Twenty-seven more countries and a regional power-pool organisation have joined the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, bringing total participation in the initiative to 65 countries, with over 50 institutes and other contributing partners. Read more

  • Over 1,000 delegates in Abu Dhabi for IRENA annual Assembly

    18 January 2014

    The President of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly, H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy (third from left), is welcomed by Vice-President of the Third Assembly, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mahdzir Khalid of Malaysia. IRENA’s Fourth Assembly welcomed official government delegations from over 151 countries. Read more

    Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA's Director-General, speaking at the opening of IRENA's Fourth Assembly in Abu Dhabi today. Read more

  • African ministers commit to accelerated development of renewable energy and energy infrastructure

    14 January 2014

    Energy ministers and delegates from 19 countries, along with development partners, called for the creation of an Africa Clean Energy Corridor, an ambitious initiative covering zoning, resource assessment, country and regional planning, enabling frameworks for investment, capacity building and public information. IRENA, which convened the 17 Jan meeting in Abu Dhabi, also released an analysis of infrastructure for renewable power in Southern Africa tied to the initiative.
    See the Communique on the African Clean Energy Corridor. Read more

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