REmap USA Highlights Event

Washington D.C., USA
1 June 2015

REmap 2030 is IRENA’s roadmap showing how the world can double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030.

REmap is built on strong country level analysis and engagement. The USA was one of the first REmap countries and IRENA has prepared a comprehensive country report that has benefited from multiple rounds of review by various US government and external stakeholders. The report was released in January 2015 and was one of the first REmap country reports, along with China.

The US REmap report overviews renewable energy potential, important benefits of higher renewable energy uptake, and policies that can be considered to unlock this significant potential.

The event will highlight the main findings from the REmap USA report, and also other relevant IRENA initiatives. For more information or to inquire about attending the event please email please email remap@irena.org.

International Energy Workshop (IEW)
3-5 June 2015
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The 34th edition of the International Energy Workshop (IEW) will be hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi on 3-5 June 2015.The IEW is a leading conference for the international energy modelling community. In a world of environmental and economic constraints, energy modelling is an increasingly important tool for addressing the complexity of energy planning and policy making. The IEW provides a venue for scholars and researchers to compare quantitative energy projections, to understand the reasons for diverging views of future energy developments, and to observe new trends in global energy production and consumption.

The annual conference typically includes three plenary sessions and more than 100 presentations in parallel sessions focusing on a wide array of topics, including energy supply and price forecasts, energy savings and efficiency, renewable and innovative energy technologies, environmental and climate policy, and the intersection between energy analysis, economics, and the natural sciences. Prior selected papers will be presented and discussed in thematic sessions, and circulated during the meeting and on the meeting web site.

Members of the scientific and policy making community are welcome to register here. Registration ends on 24 May. 

For any further information, please click here or contact: info@internationalenergyworkshop.org.

For more about the event’s history, please click here.

IRENA’s Interactive Web Tool on International Standards and Patents for Renewable Energy
5 June 2015
Bonn, Germany

This side event during the Climate Change Conference in Bonn will address the relevance of international standards and patents as useful policy-making instruments to foster innovation and dissemination of low-carbon technologies for energy supply. The event will also feature the recently launched interactive web application developed by IRENA on International Standards and Patents in Renewable Energy – INSPIRE. This innovative tool:

  • Provides one entry point for information on renewable energy technologies (RET) patents and standards for members of the public interested in renewable energy (RE) who are non-experts in standards or patents;
  • Relates the information to practical applications, also enabling meta-analysis concerning RE technology trends;
  • Informs the users on patents and standards for the deployment of RET and how to effectively use them;
  • Facilitates a dialogue between the different stakeholders on these topics.

For more information, please contact Francisco Boshell.

Global Geothermal Alliance Stakeholder Meeting
5-6 June 2015
Nairobi, Kenya

The Global Geothermal Alliance (GGA) will serve to increase the share of geothermal energy in the global energy mix through both geothermal power generation and direct use of geothermal heat. The meeting aims at finalizing the concept of the Global Geothermal Alliance initiative based on the feedback to be provided by the key stakeholders of the initiative and exchanging views on the way forward towards its formal launch at the COP21 in Paris.

For more information, please contact Gurbuz Gonul.

REmap Africa Regional Workshop – Africa Renewable Energy Roadmap to 2030
8 June 2015
Abu Dhabi, UAE

During the workshop, IRENA will present the draft REmap Africa report to experts and policy makers in Africa to discuss energy policy needs to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy (RE) technologies in the African context and to identify regional cooperation opportunities. The workshop gathers key regional organizations as well as policy makers from IRENA member countries in Africa, and other IRENA member countries, to solicit their views on key policy actions for accelerating the use of renewable energy to supply much needed energy across all sectors in the region. Feedback collected will be reflected in the REmap Africa regional report.

Within the context of REmap 2030, the REmap Africa regional report aims to address how different types of RE technologies could be deployed to significantly scale up RE in Africa and to ensure energy access in line with the SE4ALL aspirational targets. It assesses the costs and benefits associated with different technology deployment pathways and identifies areas of collaboration between countries or within sub-regions of Africa.It also aims to show how Africa’s significant renewable potential is integral to the global energy sector transformation. The report is due to be released at the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) in October 2015.

In 2012, the United Nation’s General Assembly declared the time between 2014 and 2024 as the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). Within the context of SE4ALL, IRENA developed REmap 2030 - a global renewable energy roadmap - in order to assess how an aspirational target of doubling the global renewable energy (RE) share could be put into practice. For further information, visit the REmap website at: www.irena.org/REmap.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Asami Miketa and Deger Saygin.

Administration and Finance Committee
9 June 2015
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Meetings of the Administration and Finance Committee (AFC) take place prior to Council meetings to assist the Council in its activities. The AFC reviews, prepares and informs the Council on institutional and administrative issues of legal, financial and budgetary nature. Together with the Programme and Strategy Committee (PSC), it is one of two subsidiary bodies of the Council.

For more information, please email secretariat@irena.org.

Programme and Strategy Committee
9 June 2015
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Meetings of the PSC take place prior to Council meetings to assist the Council in its activities. The PSC reviews, prepares and informs the Council on strategic and programmatic issues, such as the implementation of the work programme, the formulation of the draft work programme, longer-term strategies and other related documents. Together with the Administration and Finance Committee (AFC), it is one of two subsidiary bodies of the Council.

For more information, please email secretariat@irena.org.

IRENA 9th meeting of the Council
10-11 June 2015
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Council is one of the three principal organs of the Agency that are the Assembly, the Council and the Secretariat. IRENA’s Council convenes twice per year in order to facilitate consultations and cooperation among IRENA’s Members, as well as to consider the draft work programme, draft budget and reports on the progress of the implementation of the Work Programme and Budget. The Council is accountable to the Assembly and is composed of 21 Members who are elected by the Assembly on a rotating basis every two years. Council meetings normally last for two days and feature strategic discussions on the way forward of the Agency and future activities. On the sidelines of Council meetings a number of thematic events are organized, providing a platform for participants to have focused discussions on particular projects of IRENA’s work.

For more information, please email secretariat@irena.org.

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables
22-24 June 2015
Martinique

IRENA and the French government, together with the regional government of Martinique, will hold a meeting on accelerating the uptake of renewables on islands. Energy is a crucial development challenge for islands. Most electricity is generated from imported diesel fuel at high cost, so that fuel import bills often exceed total export revenues. While many islands have identified the transition to renewable energy as a key policy priority, putting this into practice is often difficult due to the small size of island markets, high installation costs, shortages of skills, and limited access to finance.

Discussions will focus on renewable resource assessments as a prerequisite to investment; waste-to-energy systems, which can reduce waste disposal and electricity costs; and renewable-based desalination, providing islands with fresh water from the surrounding sea.

Participation in the meeting is by invitation.

Forum on International Experiences and Regional Cooperation to Develop Quality Assurance Schemes for Solar Water Heating in Latin America and the Caribbean
29-30 June 2015
San Jose, Costa Rica

The goal of the event is to support a regional quality assurance framework for solar water heaters (SWH) in the LAC region, by sharing international experiences in this area. Specific objectives are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to continue the regional experience exchange on quality infrastructure (QI) for SWH.
  • Develop approaches to concrete open questions, outlined in the previous section, based on existing international experience.
  • Facilitate a discussion between QI experts in LAC for SWH, and open the discussion to international experts who may support the region, on concrete challenges and opportunities for developing a regional QA framework for SWH.
  • Facilitate the regional and international exchange of experiences through fostering existing communities of practice, networks and, possibly in future, working groups on specific issues concerning regional QA frameworks for the LAC region.
  • Match responsible governmental institutions for regulating SWH markets with the technical QI institutions and producers of SWH in the LAC region.

For more information, please contact Francisco Boshell.

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