IRENA’s outreach to members of parliament
In many countries, parliamentarians play a significant role in the process of formulating energy and related policies. Legislators, who are not necessarily specialists in the field, often require key knowledge and information to carry out their functions relating to law-making, budget approval and oversight of policy implementation.
Disseminating knowledge and targeted information, and facilitating exchanges of experience and best practice can contribute to streamlining their process of review, assessment and deliberation over relevant legislation, and hence support their ability to take decisions that could lead to the acceleration of the energy transition.
Parliamentarians are also representatives of their constituencies, and are therefore able to bolster public support for the deployment of renewable energy. Reciprocally, they are often the primary recipient of public concerns regarding renewable energy policies or projects. Members of parliament are therefore uniquely placed to provide insight regarding the main concerns of local communities that should be addressed to lower barriers to renewable energy. Dialogue and exchanges between members of parliament should be fostered and encouraged in order to contribute to the development of a better understanding of renewables and to propel the dissemination of related knowledge and experiences. This aim will also be served by amplifying the influence of these parliamentarians within the executive branch, as well as among key regional and local stakeholders and decision makers in the private sector and civil society.
IRENA is building its engagement with members of parliament globally, disseminating relevant and up-to-date information, establishing an active network of renewable energy champions, and facilitating exchanges of information and best practices.