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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future


The Statute establishing IRENA was signed in German Bonn by 75 countries on 26 January 2009.
IRENA headquarters are located in Abu Dhabi, while Bonn houses one of its 3 specialised departments, the Innovation and Technology Centre.

IRENA is the 1st international organisation to focus exclusively on renewable energy.
It is intended to act as a platform and a voice for renewables around the world.
The agency supports its Members in adapting their policy frameworks for green energy, capacity building and improving knowledge and technology transfer in the field of renewable energy.

When IRENA was founded in 2009, only 118 countries had specific goals and/or strategies for developing and using green energy; today, 144 countries have set objectives for using renewables, and around 130 have drawn up strategies to promote the development of renewables and increase the proportion of green energy in their total energy consumption.

IRENA is intended to help close the gap between the potential of renewables and their share of the world’s markets as quickly as possible – for instance, by promoting the development of regional corridors for the use of green energy and enhancing access to modern energy services.

One of IRENA’s core projects is REmap 2030, or the Renewable Energy Roadmap 2030.
An unprecedented study examined the potential of renewable energy in 26 of the most major energy markets, which represent 3 quarters of global energy demand.
The study demonstrates how energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the world’s energy mix can be doubled by 2030, which would involve reducing annual CO2 emissions by 8.6 gigatons.

Francesco La Camera is the Director-General of the IRENA.
He took office on 4 April 2019 and brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of climate, sustainability, and international cooperation.