Staying on Course: Renewable Energy in the Time of COVID-19

07 April 2020 | Press Releases

Statement by Francesco La Camera, IRENA Director-General 


  • Rapid decarbonisation calls for unprecedented investments
  • By 2050, 42 million renewable energy jobs can be created across all regions of the world
  • Transforming energy would improve human welfare
  • Energy transformation pushes GDP gains to USD 98 trillion by 2050
  • End-use electrification, green hydrogen and synthetic fuels will play a key role in getting "hard-to-decarbonise" sectors to zero
  • Transforming energy promises more jobs, economic growth, cleaner living, improved welfare and lower carbon emissions.