Adelaide to host 2024 International Renewables Conference

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REN21, the Australian Government, the South Australian Government and the Clean Energy Council have announced Adelaide, South Australia, has been selected as the host city for the Australia 2024 International Renewable Energy Conference (AUSIREC).

AUSIREC, held in April 2024, will bring together international Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Ministers and more than 3500 delegates to share the latest developments in renewable energy and plan for a renewable energy future.

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Held biennially since 2005, the International Renewable Energy Conference is one of the world’s leading renewable energy events. With previous conferences having been held in Beijing, Washington DC, Delhi, Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Mexico City, Seoul, and Madrid this year, the selection of Adelaide as the host for the 2024 event is a testament to the strength of Australia’s renewable energy industry and South Australia’s strategic vision.  

Clean Energy Council CEO Kane Thornton said the selection of Adelaide as the host of IREC 2024 was well-deserved recognition of Australia’s status as an emerging clean energy superpower.

“The Australian renewable energy industry is globally renowned for its clean energy transition, including leading the world in per capita rooftop solar installations and the rapid development of an emerging clean hydrogen export industry,” he said.

“South Australia is at the forefront of this transition, with the state the only gigawatt-scale grid in the world that regularly produces enough wind and solar power to meet all its energy needs.

“Hosting IREC 2024 in Adelaide presents a fantastic opportunity to not only showcase the Australian renewable energy industry to the world but also provides a practical demonstration of the immense possibilities of a clean energy future,” Thornton said.

AUSIREC will be the first time an IREC conference has been held in Oceania. As a result will place a strong focus on regional participation, particularly from Pacific Island nations. These countries have been leading the call for increased action on climate change for many years and stand to benefit directly and indirectly from the renewable energy transition.

Having leading voices from these nations involved in the conference will bring a unique perspective to AUSIREC and will serve to sharpen the focus of all delegates on the urgency of accelerating the global clean energy transition to reduce the impacts of global climate change.

Another key focus of AUSIREC will be the importance of First Nations Peoples to the global energy transition. As the home of the oldest continuing living culture in the world, Australia has a strong commitment to ensuring that its First Nations Peoples are included and benefit from the move to renewable energy. This theme will be a key part of AUSIREC 2024 as we look to include the voices of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and explore how to best consult and involve First Nations Peoples in the deployment of clean energy.

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Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said, “The future of energy in Australia and the world is renewable, and sharing the latest knowledge with international partners and experts will help make that vision a reality.

“Australia is on the path to becoming a renewable energy superpower. Forums like IREC will help us continue to work with global partners, the Pacific and First Nations, to address key challenges in renewable energy and find the best path to a clean energy future for all.”

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