The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
IRENA seeks to make an impact in the world of renewable energy by maintaining a clear and independent position, providing a range of reliable and well-understood services that complement those already offered by the renewable energy community and gather existing, but scattered, activities around a central hub.
The international renewable energy community is large, resourceful, and rapidly evolving. IRENA does not duplicate what others are doing, but seeks out, establishes and develops new synergies, facilitates dialogue, and information and best practice sharing. Cooperation at the global, regional and national levels, knowledge sharing, enabling policies and enhanced capacity, as well as encouraging investment flows and strengthening technology and innovation, are essential elements of the organisation’s work. IRENA is positioning itself as a platform for all-inclusive cooperation where stakeholders can make a positive contribution to the common goals. Such cooperation and partnerships are essential underpinnings of IRENA’s work.
International, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations are natural and indispensable partners, as are many private sector companies that are already seizing the opportunities offered by renewable energy. Civil society groups can also contribute to the IRENA vision by advocating and observing the actions of governments and the private sector. IRENA directs its principal partnership activities towards knowledge sharing, ensuring that existing information and experience is developed, organised, and made accessible in a usable format.
IRENA is uniquely positioned to bring together these different constituencies. It serves as the convening platform to advance the widespread adoption and use of renewable energy, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding a sustainable future.