REview for Parliamentarians

The REview for Parliamentarians is a periodic brief on renewable energy, issued by IRENA as a tool to engage with parliamentarians and offer support, by sharing the latest knowledge, experience and best practices on renewable energy socio-economic benefits and on specific related topics, such as the issue of energy access or climate change.

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Issue 10: A gender perspective on the Energy Transformation

The widespread adoption of renewables can alleviate poverty, create jobs, improve welfare and strengthen gender equality. Still, to fully realise this potential, the industry must tap a wider pool of talent – notably including that of women, who have been largely underrepresented thus far, depriving the energy transformation of critical capacities. Gender equality, along with a wider sharing of the benefits from the global energy transformation, is not only a question of fundamental fairness. It is also essential to shaping positive social and economic development outcomes.

ISSUE 9: Insights from the 2019 IRENA Legislators Forum

This edition gives a full account of the discussions held during the fourth IRENA Legislators Forum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with the Agency’s ninth annual Assembly. Parliamentarians from over 30 countries gathered to discuss challenges and opportunities in the renewable energy sector, with a special focus on bridging the energy access gap in Africa. 

ISSUE 8: Implementing SDG7 – The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Energy

The UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2018 reviewed progress towards SDG7, providing a compelling platform for countries to share experiences and discuss measures to ratchet up the positive momentum of the ongoing energy transformation. IRENA, as one of the Custodian Agencies for SDG7 indicators, is supporting the review process by providing up-to-date renewable energy capacity and power generation data. IRENA’s analytical work has also looked at actions to accelerate deployment and enhance linkages to other SDGs.

ISSUE 7: Accelerating the Energy Transformation

In addition to supporting climate stabilisation goals, a significant uptake of renewables can fuel economic growth, create new employment opportunities, and improvements in human welfare such as health and education gains. Social benefits can be further maximised by ensuring a just, timely and economically efficient transition, and enhancing its overall acceptance in local communities and across societies.

ISSUE 6: Special Edition – 2018 IRENA Legislators Forum

The third edition of the IRENA Legislators Forum gathered 56 parliamentarians from 30 countries in Abu Dhabi for a two-day meeting. On Thursday 11 January, participants were welcomed at the Federal National Council (FNC) of the United Arab Emirates by the FNC Speaker, H.E. Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, and Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

ISSUE 5: Energy Access and Decentralised Solutions

Access to modern energy services is central to achieving development goals, including those related to poverty eradication, ending hunger, improving health, education and gender equality. To achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the current pace of expansion of off-grid renewable energy must almost double.

ISSUE 4: Special Edition – 2017 IRENA Legislators Forum

This special edition gives a full account of the discussions held during the second Legislators Forum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with the Agency’s seventh annual Assembly. Parliamentarians interested in renewable energy gathered from 15 countries and the European Union, to discuss best practices, opportunities and challenges in promoting renewables, and ways to establish an enabling legal framework.

ISSUE 3: Declining Costs and Job Creation

The renewable energy sector has become a significant employer, with the potential for creating millions of jobs worldwide in the coming years. This dynamism is partly triggered by the unpreceded decrease in costs.

ISSUE 2: Renewable Energy and the Climate Change Issue

Issued in the aftermath of the Paris Agreement, this REview for Parliamentarians analyses renewable energy as a mitigation tool to combat climate change.

ISSUE 1: Solar PV Power Generation

The first issue of the REview for Parliamentarians examines the developments in renewable energy and places a particular focus on solar PV power generation, a renewable energy technology that has emerged rapidly as a cost-competitive solution