IRENA in the News

Africa Needs Electricity Now More Than Ever, Especially To Keep COVID-19 Vaccines Cold

Solar energy conjures up images of rooftop panels. Africa’s economy has experienced solid growth at an average of 3.7% throughout the continent. That expansion can be fueled even more with solar-based electrons and the absence of CO2 emissions. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), as many as 30 countries in Africa have electricity outages because supply lags demand.

  • Date: 02 May 2021
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  • Source: Forbes

Wind energy could generate 3.3 million jobs within five years, industry body claims

A number of countries want to make wind energy a crucial tool in their pivot away from fossil fuels. The Brussels-based organization’s outlook for jobs is based on what it described as “market growth data” from GWEC Market Intelligence and “global studies by the International Renewable Energy Agency on job creation for onshore and offshore wind projects from 2017 and 2018.”

  • Date: 30 April 2021
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  • Source: CNBC

Energy conference to focus on shift to greener sources

Accelerating the transition from pollutive fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources will be the focus of the annual energy conference in Singapore in October. Mr Francesco La Camera, IRENA Director-General, said the energy transition is fundamental to putting energy systems and economies on a path to achieving net-zero emissions by the middle of this century.


How Green Is Wind Power, Really? A New Report Tallies Up The Carbon Cost Of Renewables

How green is wind power? It’s not a simple question. Of course the wind blows without carbon emissions, but catching it isn’t easy. They won’t run out of material — the International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that we’ll have to deal with a cumulative 78 million metric tons of antiquated solar panel waste and tens of millions of tons of old turbine blades by 2050.

  • Date: 28 April 2021
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  • Source: Forbes

Not even COVID could stop renewables: record of 'green' power installed in 2020 despite the pandemic (Spanish)

Spain closed the year with 59,108 non-polluting MW, a figure that places our country as the eighth with the highest renewable capacity in the world. According to the annual report of the International Renewable Energy Agency, the 'greens' totaled 261 gigawatts (GW) in the year of the Covid, which represented 82% of the new electricity capacity added on last year.


Low-income countries play carbon leapfrog in green energy shift

Just as Brazil’s rivers supply it with hydroelectric power and faults in the earth’s crust provide Indonesia with geothermal energy, so Vietnam hopes abundant sunshine and a shallow coast will provide clean energy to drive economic growth. According to data from IRENA, an intergovernmental renewable energy organisation, Vietnam’s production from solar and wind increased 237 per cent and 60 per cent respectively in 2020, raising the share of these sources to a quarter — almost a decade ahead of schedule.


How Renewables Could Kill Off Fossil Fuel Electricity By 2035: New Report

Solar and wind energy have the potential to meet global electricity demand 100 times over, and the costs of these renewables are collapsing so rapidly that fossil fuels could be pushed out of electricity generation altogether by 2035, according to a report by a U.K. think tank. The International Renewable Energy Agency says the cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics fell 82% in the last decade, while the costs of onshore and offshore wind fell 39% and 29% respectively.

  • Date: 26 April 2021
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  • Source: Forbes

Global Emissions Goals Come With Big Cost and Political Hurdles

Countries aiming to sharply reduce their emissions to meet climate goals must be prepared for staggering costs and looming political battles as they seek to overhaul swaths of their economies, climate analysts and economists say. The International Renewable Energy Agency, an intergovernmental organization based in Abu Dhabi, said in March that the world would need to invest $115 trillion through 2050 in clean technologies, such as solar power and electric vehicles, to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit.


Which Countries Are Winning The Renewables Race (Spanish)

The shift towards green energy is already a 'sine qua non' condition for the energy future of any country. The objective is to comply with the Paris agreements against climate change. Spain ranks ninth in the ranking. We might never have thought about it if we looked at its pollution levels - which have only skyrocketed in parallel with its rapid industrial growth - but China tops the list of leading countries in renewables with almost 789 gigawatts of installed capacity in 2019, according to a report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency.


Is hydrogen the future of energy?

Humanity has taken decisive steps to combat climate change. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 95 percent of the world's hydrogen production is currently gray.

  • Date: 21 April 2021
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  • Source: CGTN

How solar energy could power Italy without using more land

More than 70% of the global carbon emissions in the atmosphere are due to energy generation and use. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), these emissions must fall to zero by 2050, in order to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 °C, as in the Paris Agreement target. This requires a massive shift towards electrification and renewable energy sources. Power generation should expand three-fold to reach 70,800 TWh/a by 2050, with renewables providing 90% of the supply.

  • Date: 20 April 2021
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  • Source: Nature

Global energy demand this year will exceed that of 2019 (Spanish)

Renewables are the covid success story," states the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its Global Energy Review, published today. This mode of sustainable energy production, led by solar and wind, this year will already provide 30% of global electricity. These numbers are an extraordinary story of resilience and hope. Despite all the difficulties and uncertainties, we are at the beginning of the decade of renewables ”, said Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy agency (IRENA).


The era of subsidies for wind and solar may be ending far too soon

Every industry can be part of the solution — or part of the ongoing problem. The world doles out $634 billion per year in direct energy subsidies, estimates International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • Date: 17 April 2021
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  • Source: Quartz

Fossil fuel demand set for rapid decline, IRENA says (Subscription)

Less than a quarter of today’s global fossil fuel demand will remain in 2050, according to a forecast by the International Renewable Energy Agency, which maps out how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next 30 years.


IRENA: $131 trillion needed to cap global warming at 1.5° C (Video)

IRENA's Director General says "scale & speed" needed and oil demand needs to drop 75% plus.

  • Date: 16 March 2021
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  • Source: CNN

Invest $131 trillion in clean energy by 2050 to hit climate goals, agency says

Planned investment in clean energy must increase by 30% to a total of $131 trillion by 2050 to avert catastrophic climate change, with the need to massively scale up hydrogen production particularly acute, according to a study here published on Tuesday.


'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.


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.


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.


Internalising the external costs of fossil fuels

If the external costs are included in energy pricing, fossil fuels would automatically become much more expensive than what we need to pay for renewable energies.An earlier study, conducted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in 2016, deduced that simply doubling the share of renewable energies to the global energy mix have the potential to reduce damages from air pollution, related to fossil fuel burning, in the order of $3.2 trillion by 2030 compared to the business-as-usual (BAU) case.