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IRENA’s 11th meeting of the Council
24-25 May 2016, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Innovation Day: The Age of Renewable Energy
26 May 2016, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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IRENA in the News

  • Doubling renewable energy by 2030 could save the global economy trillions of dollars every year

    Can doubling renewable energy capacity really save that much money? Yes, but it’s complicated, says Dolf Gielen, director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn, Germany. Gielen says IRENA looked at both the cost of accelerating renewables deployment and the savings generated from moving away from fossil fuels. They concluded that investment in renewables would have to quadruple from around $300 billion a year today to around $1.3 trillion a year. (Public Radio International (USA), 21 May 2016)
  • Business models may be biggest breakthrough for clean tech

    Cheaper batteries, taller wind turbines and more efficient photovoltaics are important advances for cutting greenhouse gas emission, but they won't be enough if companies go bankrupt trying to bring them to market or can't fund them in the first place. "Innovation includes, of course, technology," said Dolf Gielen, director of the Innovation and Technology Centre at IRENA. "Technology alone is not enough; we also need innovation in policy frameworks, in business models."
    (E&E Publishing (USA) , 16 May 2016)


Press Releases

  • 24 April 2016

    IRENA’s 11th Council Meeting Kicks Off in Abu Dhabi

    More than 300 high-level government representatives from 96 countries – the largest number ever represented at an IRENA Council – gathered today in Abu Dhabi to attend the eleventh meeting of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).


  • 23 May 2016

    IRENA Celebrates First Five Years, Looks Ahead to Next Five

    Tonight at its headquarters in Masdar City, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) gathered Member State representatives, international stakeholders and local leaders to celebrate its fifth year of operations.


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IRENA Celebrates its First Five Years

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