IRENA turns five

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is celebrating five years as an intergovernmental organisation.

Director general Adnan Admin said the agency has witnessed a dramatic shift in the global energy sector in this time, with costs of renewable technology plummeting and investment growing year-on-year.

“Leaders from the public and private sector around the world are committing to renewables over other energy sources in an unprecedented manner. We are truly in the midst of a total transformation of the global energy paradigm,” he said.

In five years, IRENA has expanded its role as a global voice of renewable energy. It is acknowledged as one of the lead agencies for renewable energy in climate action, with concrete initiatives profiled at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit 2014 and at COP21 in Paris. IRENA was also selected as the Hub for Renewable Energy within the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Last October, the G20 Energy Ministerial adopted an IRENA-led toolkit for renewable energy deployment.

IRENA has also developed practical tools such as roadmaps to enable countries to better plan their energy transition, as well as spearheading several regional initiatives to leverage markets, strengthen collaboration and improve knowledge sharing.