The International Renewable Energy Agency, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, concluded its two-day biannual meeting yesterday
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi, is working with its 168 member states to support countries around the world in their transition to a sustainable energy future, a senior official in Abu Dhabi has said. .
IRENA, based in Masdar City, supports the adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, said Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to IRENA.
“IRENA supports and helps to accelerate the adaptation of renewable energy in the world, and they do it through different pillars. But mainly, IRENA helps countries to develop their legislative framework. They give them support on the policies and help them develop their skills in the country but also understand (sic) the kind of technologies that can be adapted in certain countries Some will have more solar potential some will have more wind potential So just help them map their environmental resources to understand which technology is best for them,” said Dr Al-Hosany Khaleej times in an interview.
Partnering with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and launching initiatives such as the Climate Investment Platform, IRENA has been able to advance energy transitions in developing and least developed countries, including in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
This week, Abu Dhabi hosted the 24th IRENA Council and related meetings, which ended on Friday. The bi-annual two-day meeting brought together more than 400 delegates from 108 countries to discuss the global energy transition ahead of the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
“Even non-Council members were there because they also wanted their voices to be heard and understood. With 168 members, IRENA is nearing global membership. advanced and those suffering from climate change who want to be part of the solution. The UAE offers a platform that is helping, with the support of IRENA, the transition of some countries to a more sustainable energy future.”
IRENA’s Global Energy Transition Outlook says the pace of global change has failed to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, the target set by the Paris Agreement on the climate. The latest data from the United Nations Environment Program indicates that the world is on track for a temperature increase of between 2.4 degrees and 2.6 degrees by the end of this century.
Meanwhile, the UAE has embarked on an ambitious goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, making the country the first Mena country to do so.
“The UAE is working closely with Member States to understand how we can transition to our carbon and renewable energy goals. Having a knowledge hub like IRENA here in the UAE is very important to us. It helps us understand and benefit from his work.”
“We are also part of the conversation and this international collaboration when it comes to the global transition to an inclusive energy future. So having IRENA here gives us the opportunity to welcome and bring together different stakeholders and actors. that would be part of a solution that we are all looking for, which is a more sustainable and inclusive future.”
Dr. Al-Hosany noted that the UAE would have high-level representation and active participation at COP27.
“The UAE is going to be very active in COP27. We will have a huge delegation. We will be participating in most of the platforms. We will have a very active pavilion to not only showcase the work we are doing, but also provide a platform which brings together different stakeholders and actors to see how we can prepare with the outcomes of COP 27 at COP 28. The UAE is going there with a clear mandate that we talk about how we are partners in this energy transition and climate action. will talk about the work we are doing. We will be active in the negotiating rooms,” Dr. Al-Hosany added.
READ ALSO :