IRENA’s Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre (KPFC) is a global knowledge repository and centre of excellence for renewables policy and finance issues. KPFC provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for statistics on costs, employment and resource potential, along with research on policies, investment frameworks and socio-economic and environmental impact for renewable energy technologies. The division analyses economic value creation, including income, jobs, fiscal transfers, balance of trade and local/regional context, and supports policy makers with tools to maximise the renewable energy value chain. Another key project for KPFC is the Global Renewable Energy Atlas, the largest-ever initiative to assess renewables potential worldwide. The Internet-based platform provides high-quality resource maps from leading technical institutes worldwide and simplified models for evaluating technical potential. The Global Atlas aims to become the first reference point for renewable resource data and a catalyst for planning, policy development and investment in emerging and new renewable energy markets.
Current KPFC programmes and activities include: