IRENA presents global renewable energy roadmap

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has presented a new roadmap setting out how it will hit its target of doubling global renewable energy capacity by 2030.

The document, REMAP 2030, was presented at the third session of the IRENA Assembly held in Abu Dhabi on 13-14 January.

As part of the discussions, key members recommended actions at the regional and inter-regional levels and highlight new opportunities to accelerate the deployment of renewables.

The roadmap aims to help the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative to hit its target of doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix to 30% by 2030. IRENA highlighted that this target is achievable but if progress continues at current levels, renewables will only account for 20% by 2030.

One key purpose of the roadmap is to bring policy makers together to identify the challenges faced in meeting international targets with the ultimate goal to double the share of renewable energy worldwide.

IRENA also launched its Global Renewable Energy Atlas, the world’s first open-access global Atlas of renewable energy resources, at the assembly. The online atlas, which went live on 13 January on IRENA’s website, is a collaborative initiative and is designed to raise awareness of the world’s renewable energy potential, and to help companies looking to invest in new markets.

Specifically, it aims to help countries assess their renewable energy potential by enabling companies to share data and maps from leading technical institutes and private companies worldwide.

The atlas currently charts solar and wind resources and will expand to other forms of renewable energy over 2013 and 2014.

Formally established in 2011, IRENA is mandated by 159 countries and the EU to promote renewable energy. The latest member to join the agency is China which announced its membership yesterday.
 

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