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    • 'Forgotten workhorse' hydropower needs government support, energy leaders say

      Governments must provide incentives to help drive investment in hydropower as the “forgotten workhorse” if the world is to meet pledges to cut emissions and combat climate change, energy agencies said on Wednesday. Francesco La Camera, director of The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said that a post-coronavirus economic recovery should involve a jump in annual investments in hyrdropower from $22 billion to $55 billion to 2030.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Reuters
    • Breakingviews - Guest view: 2021 is tipping point to hit net zero (DG Op-ed)

      This year will have a lasting impact on our world. The pandemic is taking a heavy human toll, the global economy is struggling, inequality is on the rise, and there are many uncertainties about the future. As the leaders of the International Renewable Energy Agency and the International Energy Agency, we want to highlight three no-regret areas for action to help navigate the current crisis while moving towards a cleaner energy future.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Reuters
    • Electric islands: the Greek embrace of renewable energy (Subscription)

      Female Mayors at the forefront of green development in the Mediterranean. “On most larger islands tourism drives the local economy, and any intervention that makes them look less attractive on Instagram is going to be fiercely opposed,” says Angelos Asimacopoulos, an owner of several small hotels in the central Aegean. Yet renewable energy is becoming increasingly central to energy security for island economies around the world, according to Francesco La Camera, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Financial Times
    • ‘Decisive’ Decade in Climate Change Fight Needs Lending Surge

      A surge in private lending for renewable energy projects this decade is key to meeting global targets to limit the rise of temperatures worldwide, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. "The changes we are seeing are structural," La Camera said in an interview. "This decade will be decisive" in ensuring that the shift to cleaner energy is implemented.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Bloomberg
    • Renewables Chief Hails ‘Crucial’ Biden Climate Agenda As Administration Plans Massive Energy Overhaul

      The International Renewable Energy Agency has hailed the U.S. decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord as a “crucial” step forward in the fight against climate change. “It means a lot for the renewable world, and for the energy transition,” Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency told CNBC at the Atlantic Council’s annual Global Energy Forum.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews CNBC
    • Using solar power and green hydrogen, the road ahead can look bright

      When we look back at the history of global development, the year 2015 will be remembered as a turning point. It was a year during which both the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement were established. Both those events marked a period of collective global intent to bend the curve of rising emissions and reverse the world's growing inequalities. It was a year of renewed multilateralism, of hope and ambition.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews The National
    • Renewable energy growth must speed up to meet Paris goals, agency says

      Renewable electricity production needs to grow eight times faster than the current rate to help limit global heating, according to a report. The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) said urgent action was needed to keep pace with rising demand for electricity, which could require a total investment of $131tn in renewables by 2050.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews The Guardian
    • World oil demand may have peaked in 2019 amid energy transition: IRENA

      Global oil demand may have hit the peak in 2019 and natural gas will follow suit around 2025, the director general of International Renewable Energy Agency said March 16, as the energy transition gathers pace, echoing forecasts made by BP last year.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews S&P Global Platts
    • How Rich Countries Must Help Developing Economies Afford The Clean Energy Transition

      It's hard enough for rich industrialized countries to tackle carbon reduction goals. For emerging economies to do the same can be downright daunting. But rich or poor, it must be done. "The transformational challenge can still be achieved," says IRENA's Francesco La Camera. "The energy transition is already happening. Renewables are the cheapest form of energy and makeup one-third of global capacity. But the more we delay the actions, the less effective they will be. We are trying to stress that the path to 1.5 degrees Celsius is very narrow. If we do not start now, we will never succeed."

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Forbes
    • "The Energy Transition? Development Accelerator" (DG Interview + Italian + Subscription)

      In order to avoid the devastating catastrophe caused by climate change, countries around the world are actively developing green energy and solving the problem of warming through carbon reduction, but there is still a long way to go before the goal is achieved. According to the latest report issued by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), clean energy investment must increase by 30% to 131 trillion US dollars before 2050 to achieve the goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Il Giorno
    • 'The window's closing': spend $131 trillion on energy transition to hit Paris goals, says Irena chief

      International Renewable Energy Agency warns world going in wrong direction but 'narrow path' to 1.5 degrees still open. The agency’s director general Francesco La Camera issued a stark warning that “we are heading in the wrong direction” as Irena unveiled its latest World Energy Transitions Outlook, which charts a path to hitting the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Recharge News
    • IRENA report: "The time of oil is running out" (Italian)

      More renewables, more efficiency and greater electrification in sectors such as heat generation and transport. If we want the energy sector to reach zero emissions in 2050, we must focus on these three pillars of the transition. It is the only way to keep the global temperature rise within the 1.5 degrees Celsius ceiling. “Time is the most important variable. We must act and we must act quickly ”, underlined Francesco La Camera, director general of Irena, in an online briefing with the press that anticipated the release of the World Energy Transitions Outloook.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews HuffPost Italia
    • New IRENA Study: More Jobs With A 1.5 Degree Target (German)

      "The time window for the 1.5-degree target is closing quickly. We are moving in the wrong direction," says Francesco La Camera, Director General of the International Energy Agency for Renewable Energies (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Deutsche Welle (DW)
    • Oil Demand Has Peaked and Will Be Decimated by 2050, IRENA Says

      Oil demand has already passed its peak and the hydrocarbon that's dominated the energy industry for a century will almost cease to be used by 2050, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Bloomberg Law
    • Taking stock: Africa's renewable energy transition

      Francesco La Camera, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency joins CNBC Africa to take stock on what has been achieved.

      Director-General Opinions & interviews Energy transition CNBC Africa
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