The "Pan-Arab Strategy for the Development of Renewable Energy 2010 - 2030" adopted at the third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit by the League of Arab States (LAS) in 2013 sets a solid basis for regional co-operation to drive renewable energy deployment in the Arab world, committing countries to increase the region’s installed renewable power generation capacity from 12 GW in 2013 to 80 GW in 2030.
In support of this Strategy, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) partnered with the LAS and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) to identify a series of actions to trigger and increase renewable energy investments under guidance from LAS and in response to their renewable energy aspirations. These initiatives, endorsed by the Arab Ministerial Council in September 2014, are contained in a report titled Pan-Arab Renewable Energy Strategy 2030: Roadmap of Actions for Implementation with the objective to facilitate investments towards an accelerated deployment of renewable energy resources.
The Pan-Arab Clean Energy Initiative (PACE), one of the initiatives included in the Roadmap of Actions referenced above, is a regional initiative that aims to promote the integration of greater shares of renewables into power systems of the Arab region.
Utilizing a phased approach, IRENA has engaged with the Arab League, RCREEE and other key regional partners to support Arab States with implementation of the PACE initiative through development of a multi-year programme Action Plan. The Action Plan has been approved by the LAS Technical Committee in September 2017 for submission to the next LAS Electricity Ministerial for endorsement.