IRENA in the News

Moving away from fossil fuels will be costly and slow…but essential, UBS says

The renewable energy sector employed 11 million people in 2018, according to a recent report from the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA). Most renewable energy jobs were in the solar photovoltaic industry, which employed 3.6 million people, according to IRENA.

  • Date: 15 July 2019
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  • Source: CNBC

Solar Energy: Dynamic Device Makes Electricity, Clean Water Simultaneously

The International Renewable Energy Agency found last month that around 372,000 people in parts of Asia and Africa are working in off-grid solar, a figure that’s expected to triple in the coming four years.

  • Date: 09 July 2019
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  • Source: Inverse

How finance is mainstreaming renewable energy

Alongside financing, policy has been a vital driver in supporting the transition to a low carbon economy.  According to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), there has been over 1000 per cent increase in solar panel installations globally from 2010-2018. 


Australia can be a world leader in solar, if it wants to be

A report published in January by a commission established by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) argues that the geopolitical and socio-economic consequences of the rapid growth of renewable energy could be as profound as those that resulted from the shift from biomass to fossil fuels two centuries ago, and that new powers, trade patterns and alliances will result.


ADFD-funded $15 million solar power project launched in Cuba

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Decarbonisation tools to meet Paris Agreement goals already exist

The tools required to meet the decarbonisation goals of the Paris Agreement exist today, and are technically feasible and economically attractive. This central message is being presented by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at the underway United Nation’s Climate Summit in Abu Dhabi.


Solar, Wind Auctions Picking Up as Countries Push to Cut Costs (Subscription)

A growing number of countries are choosing to auction renewable-energy projects in a drive to generate electricity at lower costs, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.


Job losses caused by shift to green energy is a myth, Irena chief says

According to Irena, employment in renewables climbed to 11 million jobs in 2018, up from 10.3m the previous year. Director-General Francesco La Camera said more jobs will be created than those lost.


UAE’s cooperation has supported IRENA’s renewable energy efforts (VIDEO)

Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, stated that the cooperation between the UAE and IRENA has supported the agency’s efforts to hasten the adoption of renewable energy solutions around the world.

  • Date: 25 June 2019
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  • Source: WAM

11 Million People Now Have Jobs In Renewable Energy

Eleven million people around the world were employed by the renewable energy sector in 2018, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports in the sixth edition of their Renewable Energy and Jobs series.This represents an increase of 700,000 jobs from 2017, growing nearly 7% in just one year. The trend should inspire confidence in renewables by other countries as technologies improve and costs go down.

  • Date: 17 June 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Renewable Energy Is Now The Cheapest Option - Even Without Subsidies

In recent years, the world has marched towards renewable energy. According to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), unsubsidized renewable energy is now most frequently the cheapest source of energy generation . The report finds that the cost of installation and maintenance of renewables, which was an important stumbling block to mass adoption, continues on a downward trajectory.

  • Date: 15 June 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Off-Grid Solar Energy Use Is About to Explode Thanks to These Key Regions

Off-grid solar energy is about to experience a rapid rise in employment as isolated communities rush to get connected, a new report Thursday revealed. The renewable energy industry employed 11 million people globally in 2018, around 700,000 more than last year. Solar accounted for a third of those jobs, while the three million solar workers in Asia represented around 90 percent of the total solar industry. The data was published in the annual jobs review from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

  • Date: 14 June 2019
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  • Source: Inverse

Renewable Energy Jobs Move South And East, As Industry Shifts To Middle Income Economies

Renewable energy jobs are shifting into new markets, particularly in Asia, as more countries begin to manufacture, trade and install sustainable energy technologies – according to the latest annual review of jobs in the industry, published today by the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • Date: 13 June 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Solar could bring 200,000 jobs to the UK by 2030 – but only with government backing

As the solar industry digests yesterday’s announcement by Theresa May of a net zero carbon ambition by 2050, developer Solarcentury says Downing Street is hugely underestimating the role PV can play in achieving that milestone. The optimistic predictions for U.K. and European solar were outlined on the same day data from the International Renewable Energy Agency revealed a fall in solar sector employment in the EU last year. The latest edition of the agency’s Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review showed employment in the clean energy sector rose globally last year, from 10.3 million jobs in 2017 to 11 million. The number of solar related jobs fell in China, Japan, the EU and the U.S. as more people gained employment linked to PV in India, Southeast Asia and Brazil.


From Angola to Zambia, here are Africa’s leaders in green energy

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  • Date: 13 June 2019
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  • Source: CNBC

Renewable Energy Costs Take Another Tumble, Making Fossil Fuels Look More Expensive Than Ever

The cost of renewable energy has tumbled even further over the past year, to the point where almost every source of green energy can now compete on cost with oil, coal and gas-fired power plants, according to new data released today.

  • Date: 30 May 2019
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  • Source: Forbes

Solar, Onshore Wind Costs Set To Fall Below New Fossil Fuel Energy

Electricity generated by onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies will in the next year be consistently cheaper than from any fossil fuel source, a report showed on Wednesday, boosting the case for energy sources that don’t emit carbon.

  • Date: 30 May 2019
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  • Source: Reuters

UN Report Spells Out World's Best Chance for Averting Eco-Disaster by 2050

The global ecosystem is currently experiencing a dangerous and unprecedented decline in biodiversity, a United Nations report warned Monday, and it could get far worse unless society undergoes “transformative change” by 2050. IRENA last month released a roadmap to achieve near-complete sustainable energy by 2050, amid a shift in the markets that makes renewables cheaper than coal in some cases. These moves are vital to ensuring average temperatures don’t move more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Monday’s report shows, however, that large-scale shifts to protect the environment beyond just carbon emissions are also needed.

  • Date: 07 May 2019
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  • Source: Inverse

Model and manage the changing geopolitics of energy

Oil exporters might lose global influence, whereas importers will be empowered, concluded a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published earlier this year. Economies that produce oil and gas could lose US$7 trillion by 2040, the International Energy Agency has warned. 

  • Date: 05 May 2019
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  • Source: Nature

EU approves Lithuania’s auction plan for renewables

According to statistics published by IRENA, Lithuania’s cumulative installed renewable energy capacity stood at 832 MW. Of that, only 86 MW is PV, with around 10 MW of solar installed in the last two years.