International Renewable Energy Agency Established

Officials from participating countries are expected to sign a treaty to officially create the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an international organization created to promote renewable energy options on a global scale. The founding conference for IRENA is being held this week in Bonn, Germany.

Acting as the global voice for renewable energies, IRENA will provide practical advice and support for both industrialized and developing countries, help them improve their regulatory frameworks and build capacity, the organization says. The agency will facilitate access to all relevant information, including reliable data on the potential of renewable energy, best practices, effective financial mechanisms and technological expertise.

‘The creation of IRENA sends a clear signal to markets worldwide that renewable energy will be a public policy priority for many years to come and shows that policy-makers are serious about fighting global warming,’ comments Mike Ahearn, CEO of First Solar. ‘We encourage the United States and all other nations that have not yet committed to join IRENA to actively support its vision of a more sustainable environment for future generations.’

SOURCES: IRENA, First Solar

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