IRENA in the News

Construction underway on West Africa’s ‘first utility scale wind farm’

The 158.7 megawatt Parc Eolien Taiba N'Diaye is set to be completed in 2020. The International Renewable Energy Agency has described Africa as being rich in renewable sources of energy such as the wind and sun.

  • Date: 11 December 2018
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  • Source: CNBC

Industry urges policymakers to catch up with technology at COP24

The Global Solar Council has released a 15 point plan, which is largely policy focussed, alleging that the industry has down its homework to slash the costs of solar. In a statement released, the GSC referred to a study by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), which found that the world needs to increase renewable energy generation capacity by 76% in 2030 compared 2014, if it is to fully realize the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) set out in the Paris Agreement.


Energy transition needs managing or problems will grow (Subscription)

Challenges will emerge as fossil sources are squeezed out of the system, Irena's head of technology Dolf Gielen tells Leigh Collins. The energy transition is unstoppable, driven by low-cost renewables, digitalisation and cheaper electric vehicles (EVs)...


Renewable energy to enhance food security across world

Many developing countries lose 30-40% harvest due to lack of storage facilities. Adoption of renewable energy will help ensure food security across the globe, apart from fighting the climate change, a top official of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) said.


Abu Dhabi Fund for Development commits US$50 mn for IRENA-recommended renewable energy projects

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are inviting applications for more than US$50 million in funding through the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility. The ADFD-financed initiative is available to government-guaranteed renewable energy projects in developing countries that seek to increase energy access, improve livelihoods and advance sustainable development.


Political leadership needed to confront existential threat of climate change, says IRENA chief

An alarming UN report warning the world that it has only 12 years left to avert catastrophic climate change is a serious wake-up call. Adnan Amin, director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, called for political leadership and courage to confront this threat. 


Ten simple changes to help save the planet

In a new report published in September 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists made their starkest warning so far: our current actions are not enough for us to meet our target of 1.5C of warming. We need to do more.The latest report from IRENA found that several of the most commonly used renewables, like solar, geothermal, bioenergy, hydropower and onshore wind, will be on par with or cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020

  • Date: 05 November 2018
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  • Source: BBC

Renewables mini grids need good policy frameworks

The International Renewable Energy Agency says Asia is offering the largest amount of people mini grid access, with the development of such systems mostly led by governments. Global installed capacity reached 308 MW at the end of 2017.


The urgency of emissions reductions is increasing (VIDEO)

Adnan Amin of IRENA says emissions have not increased "substantially" from power generation in the electricity sector. Rather, they've increased in the end-use parts of the economy such as transportation and heating and cooling.

  • Date: 30 October 2018
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  • Source: CNBC

Can green bonds help us manage climate risk?

Ny-Ålesund is a leading centre for international Arctic scientific research and environmental monitoring. The stunning turnaround from a fossil fuel extraction base to leading climate science research site represents an apt analogy for the type of transition we need to make globally to manage the risks associated with climate change. IRENA estimates that there are now 10.3 million renewable energy jobs globally, a 5.3% increase from 2017. 


5 Areas Where Smart City Technology Improves Quality Of Life

When city residents measure their quality of life, there’s nothing abstract about it. A 2016 report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) notes that cities account for 65% of global energy use and 70% of manmade carbon emissions.

  • Date: 25 October 2018
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  • Source: Forbes

End of 'sunshine tax' raises hopes for green energy in Spain (Subscription)

Solar is now to get a boost in Spain. Besides the end of the sunshine tax, the EU is dropping tariffs on cheap, high-quality panels from China. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the cost of solar power generation has fallen 73 per cent since 2010.


Clean Energy Could Dominate Egypt's Power at $6.5 Billion a Year

Egypt would need to more than double investment in clean energy to push the amount of electricity generated by renewables to over 50 percent, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency.


Solar And Wind Industries Unite To Rewrite Electric Market Rules, Want Fair Market, Not Subsidies

A new solar and wind group in Washington is writing new wholesale electric market rules for federal regulators in an effort to “level the playing field” by increasing the amount of electricity that comes from renewables. Over the years, several groups, including the American Physical Society, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and IRENA have examined ways to increase renewable integration. They’ve even issued white papers.

  • Date: 10 October 2018
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  • Source: Forbes

Scientists Just Laid Out Paths to Solve Climate Change. We Aren’t on Track to Do Any of Them

Climate scientists have understood for decades that unchecked, man-made global warming will wreak havoc on human civilization. “The energy transition we need now for climate purposes needs to move much faster,” says Adnan Amin, who heads the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “We need policy mechanisms.”


Renewables 2.0: Preparing for the new complexity of renewable energy in a post-subsidy world

As the deployment of renewable energy continues to expand around the world, driven by various inputs, such as capital allocation and investment, falling capital costs, competitive LCOE and various policy mechanisms, we are now moving towards a new era for renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that by 2016 about 67 countries had adopted auction programmes.


Buoyant gas industry may be blindsided by renewables

The global gas industry, boosted by a host of new projects to feed booming demand, is in better shape than at any point in the last five years but analysts warn it is getting ahead of itself, pointing to the rise of renewable energy as a threat. Following a sharp price falls in panel costs and improvement in efficiency, global solar power capacity has soared from just 15 gigawatt (GW) a decade ago to around 400 GW now, data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) showed. 


Innovation Is Making Solar Panels Harder To Recycle

Solar panels are becoming less and less recyclable as the need for recycling them looms more and more. Manufacturers have been able to reduce silver content by using inkjet and screen printing technologies to replace silver with a combination of copper, nickel and aluminum, according to IRENA. 

  • Date: 04 September 2018
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  • Source: Forbes

Grid storage batteries help electric vehicles go truly green

Energy storage is set to see rapid growth as the plummeting cost of batteries has made them increasingly competitive (...). The International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that the grid-connected storage market could hit 175GW by 2030.


China pushes wind energy efforts further offshore

China installed nearly 1.2 GW of near-shore wind power capacity last year. It has a national goal of 5 GW of offshore wind power by 2020. IRENA estimates that 60 percent of all renewable energy jobs are in the Asian economies.

  • Date: 29 August 2018
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  • Source: UPI