IRENA provides practical advice and support to both developed and developing countries wishing to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy and meet the anticipated steep increase in global energy needs by combining the use of renewable energy with energy efficiency. The Agency facilitates access to all relevant information, including reliable data on the potential of renewable energy, best practices, effective financial mechanisms and state-of-the-art technological expertise. It organises high-level workshops with world experts, assesses Member countries’ readiness to adopt renewable energy, prepares analysis and makes policy recommendations to governments for the wider deployment of renewable energy.
IRENA’s activities involve:
being a centre of excellence for renewable energy technology;
acting as a facilitator and catalyst for expanding the use of renewable energies worldwide;
providing experience for practical applications and policies;
offering support on all matters relating to renewable energy; and
helping countries to benefit from the development and transfer of knowledge.
IRENA’s diverse membership requires the Agency to be agile, adaptable, and able to respond quickly and effectively. When assisting the transition to an energy mix in which renewables find their optimal place, IRENA seeks out the most appropriate solutions to country circumstances and facilitates access to relevant technical expertise. IRENA ensures effectiveness by striving to remain an independent player that can, when required, offer advice. To do this, IRENA keeps abreast of the latest developments in policy, regulation, institutional arrangements, financial mechanisms, technologies, and all matters relating to renewable energy and solutions.
Three directorates are in charge of operating programmatic activities: