Strategic Long-term Energy Planning in the Kingdom of Swaziland: scenario finalization and masterplan development 
17 - 28 October 2016
Mbabane, Swaziland

IRENA, with support from the Government of Swaziland, is holding a training series to update and expand the country’s System Planning Test (SPLAT-SW) model. The sessions give professionals from local energy organisations to work alongside external experts in renewable energy planning.

This third two-week training course focuses on improving the energy system model in Swaziland based on scenario analysis, and on developing the long-term energy supply strategies to produce a final draft energy master plan.

Central America Clean Energy Corridor and the RRA Panama Workshop
24 - 28 October 2016
Panama City, Panama

This is a kick-off event for implementation of the Central America Clean Energy Corridor and the RRA Panama.

The first two days will involve a technical consultation workshop for an in-depth discussion of the major challenges the sector is facing in further promotion of the RE deployment in the country, and the ways to address these challenges (co-organized with Secretary of Energy of Panama). The following three days will be dedicated to the CECCA Kick-Off Workshop to start the implementation of the policy/regulatory and technical components of the initiative (co-organized with ECLAC, with the support of IDB, GIZ, and EOR). Then, a policy/regulatory enabling component will initiate an expert discussions with stakeholders from the region to identify key issues and discuss potential regulatory solutions for the integration of larger shares of renewables in power systems. The workshop closes on with a dedicated technical session for network operators and planners, as well as concerned governmental decision makers.

The workshop will open the discussion on how to develop a tailor made network stability assessment for the Panamanian power system as it integrates larger shares of renewables.

Singapore International Energy Week Roundtable: Renewable Energy Outlook for ASEAN – A REmap Analysis
27 October 2016

The International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) REmap programme assesses the deployment potential, costs and benefits of renewable technologies at a sector level beyond national targets and plans of countries. In this context, IRENA and the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) are conducting a joint study “Renewable Energy Roadmap Outlook for ASEAN – a REmap analysis” by applying IRENA’s REmap analytical methodology and tools at a country and regional level.

ASEAN set a region-wide renewable energy target at 23% of the total primary energy supply by 2025, representing a significant increase from the 2015 level of around 10%. The study focuses on closing the gap between the region’s renewable energy developments detailed in a baseline case and the 23% target, by showing where additional potential of renewable deployment can be achieved by 2025.

The IRENA Roundtable will provide a platform to understand which sectors and technologies offer the potential to close this gap. It will focus on accelerating renewable energy uptake through regional cooperation and integration of energy markets and discuss the challenges and solutions in realizing the region’s renewable energy targets.

International Forum on Energy Transitions 2016
29 - 31 October 2016
Suzhou, China

IRENA, together with the Chinese National Energy Administration and Jiangsu Provincial Government, will co-host the International Forum on Energy Transitions 2016. The Forum aims to chart clear and feasible pathways of decarbonising energy systems over the next few decades – a crucial determining factor to achieve the ultimate goals set out in the Paris Agreement and at the recent G20 Summit in Beijing.

The event provides a unique high-level platform for dialogue among the strategic thinkers, government officials, experts and representatives from the energy industry and business community across the globe to discuss how to transform unsustainable energy systems towards a sustainable, low-carbon and resilient energy future.

IRENA is also partnering with China National Renewable Energy Center to co-organize a sub-event focusing on renewable energy on the 29th of October

15th World Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition
31 October - 01 November 2016
Tokyo, Japan

15th World Wind Energy Conference and Exhibition (WWEC2016) will focus on wind power technology and approaches of how to further increase the global wind power capacity of 435 GW in the world based on engineering as well as social science. WWEA and the WWEC2016 Tokyo Organizing Committee invite the wind power community around the world to join and to make the benefits of wind power available for all.

IRENA will launch its 3rd title in the Innovation Outlook series, Innovation Outlook: Offshore wind in time for the conference. Previous titles focused on advanced liquid biofuels and renewable mini-grids.

Find out more on the WWECE2016 website.

IRENA Twelfth Meeting of the Council
01 - 02 November 2016
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 side-lines of Council meetings, a number of thematic events are organized, providing a platform for participants to have focused discussions on particular projects and areas of IRENA’s work.

COP 22
07 - 18 November 2016
Marrakech, Morocco

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), established in 1994, aims to stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that prevents "dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system". The Framework’s Conference of Parties (COP) was created and put in place in order to structure the efforts of the Parties to the Convention as they address climate change. The COP meets annually to review and assess the implementation of the UNFCCC and any other legal instruments the body adopts with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change.

At this year’s COP, COP22, IRENA will host several side events related to advancing the deployment of renewable energy. Details of the side events can be found on the renewable energy track website.

Green Aruba VII
14 - 18 November 2016
Oranjestad, Aruba

Green Aruba VII is a three-day event, 16 to 18 November 2016, dedicated to countries transitioning to a sustainable energy mix. Since 2010, Green Aruba has served as a platform to showcase Aruba's progress in sustainable energy transition. Most importantly, this conference makes it possible for other countries, institutions and experts from all over the world to share valuable information, knowledge, experiences and best practices.

Prior to Green Aruba VII, the Aruba Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development of SIDS, will host a three-day training workshop, 14 to 16 November. The objective of workshop is to equip policy-makers from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) with the tools and resources needed to strategically plan for sustainable development including renewable generation. IRENA with contribution from the Kingdom of the Netherlands supports the event through the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative.

More information on the Green Aruba website.

Mozambique Renewable Energy Investment Workshop
21 - 23 November 2016
Maputo, Mozambique

In 2012, IRENA concluded its Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) process for Mozambique, culminating in a final report that included several key recommendations and actions. While progress has been made since the completion of the RRA, Mozambique still requires substantial investments to improve access to energy and achieve higher shares of renewable energy.

The proposed workshop targets key governmental agencies from across the country, in addition to public and private finance institutions, and allow for interactive, technical discussion. The workshop will conclude with a ministerial-level closing session, focused on outcomes and actions ahead. It is expected that these outcomes and committed actions can be showcased at the next Conference of Parties (COP) in November 2016 in Morocco.

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