IRENA showcases key initiatives at Abu Dhabi event

Africa Clean Energy Corridor amongst the ideas on show.

Adnan Amin: The world still has a choice.
Adnan Amin: The world still has a choice.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is highlighting its Africa Clean Energy Corridor and SIDS – Lighthouses initiatives at this week’s Abu Dhabi Ascent meeting in the UAE capital.

IRENA’s Africa Clean Energy Corridor is a plan to transform the continent’s current fuel mix with hydro, geothermal, biomass, wind and solar energy projects deployed from Cairo to Cape Town. IRENA envisions new jobs and investment opportunities being created while fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions will be reduced.

The SIDS – Lighthouses initiative is a systematic approach for the transition to renewables in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). According to IRENA, renewable energy sources have been shown to be viable in small island energy systems, and some islands have become a ‘lighthouse’ for the possibilities that renewable energy offers.

“The climate agenda is becoming ever more prominent and the IPCC has expressed very clearly the need for the world to act quickly,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

“We are meeting in Abu Dhabi because we still have a choice. Decarbonizing the world’s energy mix is possible and the transition to renewable energy can also generate additional growth and employment. Action-oriented initiatives like Africa Clean Energy Corridor and SIDS – Lighthouses and the others presented here at the Abu Dhabi Ascent, show us how.”

Abu Dhabi Ascent is being held in Abu Dhabi on May 4-5 in preparation for the September U.N. Climate Summit in New York.

IRENA is highlighting its initiatives to governments, international organisations, the private sector and civil society organisations convening in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi-based IRENA is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 130 Members (129 States and the European Union). About 40 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged.



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