The Secretariat, which comprises the Director-General and his staff, provides administrative and technical support to the Assembly, the Council and their subsidiary bodies. It is responsible, among other things, for preparing and submitting the Agency’s draft work programme, budget and annual report and for implementing the work programme.
The three main programmatic areas are:
The 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.
The Country Support and Partnerships (CSP) division helps countries and regions accelerate the introduction of renewable energy. The division works with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders on developing and implementing strategies to achieve a greater share of renewable electricity in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and islands. CSP conducts Renewable Readiness Assessments (RRAs), a country-led approach to identify priority actions to boost renewable energy deployment, with buy-in from all key stakeholders. The division has launched IRENA’s Global Renewable Energy Islands Network (GREIN), with clusters of islands working together on resource assessment, power grid applications, technology deployment roadmaps, and renewable energy for tourism. It is also developing a Renewable Energy Policy Advice Network (REPAN) to assist in IRENA’s work on RRAs and power grids, and working to strengthen regional cooperation on grid infrastructure to increase renewables in the energy mix.
The Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), in Bonn, Germany, provides cutting-edge information on renewable energy technologies and innovations, while seeking new pathways for the global transition to a sustainable energy future. As a centre of excellence for renewable energy technology and innovation, IITC stays abreast of the latest developments and translates them into practical, policy-friendly tools for IRENA’s Members. IRENA’s researchers produce ground-breaking, and continually updated, cost data for renewable energy technologies, assistance with energy technology planning, project development, and strategies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of innovation for renewable energy. IRENA seeks to engage a broad range of stakeholders through the Renewable Costing Alliance and in the development of REMAP 2030, a roadmap for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030.