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01/26/2009 09:01 AM     print story email story  

International Renewable Energy Agency Born Today News

A conference beginning today in Bonn, Germany marks the creation of the new International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

About 80 states have so far committed to participate in the organization founded by efforts within the German Federal Environment Ministry. It is expected that nearly half of the participating states will sign the founding treaty.

The aim of the new Agency is to close throughout the world the gap between the enormous potential of renewables and their current relatively low market share in energy consumption.

IRENA is the first international organization to focus exclusively on the issue of renewable energies. The main work of IRENA will be to advise its members on creating the right frameworks, building capacity and improving financing and the transfer of technology and know-how for renewable energies.

"Energy and climate policy are now fixed components of our foreign and security policy. With IRENA we want to assist the international breakthrough of renewables and reduce global rivalries over fossil energies and sources of supply. The expansion of renewable energies also holds major global opportunities for the industry," German Federal Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said.

This first conference will lay the foundations for the establishment of IRENA. In June 2009 the Preparatory Commission will decide on the location of the Agency's seat and elect the first Director-General. 


Reader Comments (1)

Christina Macpherson

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01/26/09 11:07 PM

Best bit of news that I've seen in a long time! This should be covered by all the mainstream media. But, will it be? For too long, bodies like the International Atomic Energy Agency and the IAE have held sway as "THE AUTHORITIES" on energy. At last, a new authoritave voice can be heard - and not a moment too soon. Christina Macpherson

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