The Foundation of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing
Growing global energy consumption, constantly rising prices for energy and the impact of climate change call for a rapid expansion of renewable energies worldwide. By appointment of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the consortium Adelphi Consult – FFU Berlin supports the intentions of the German Federal Government to found an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
As a first step, a preparatory conference with 170 participants from 60 countries took place in the German Foreign Office in Berlin from 9 to 11 April 2008. Workshops on the work programme and the statutes followed at the end of June/beginning of July. A two-days diplomatic conference was held on 23./24. October 2008 in Madrid.
The founding and signing conference is planned for the 26./27. January 2009. Considering the magnitude and urgency of the tasks IRENA faces, many states agreed that the agency commences operating and establishing effective working structures right after its foundation.
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (2008): Founding an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) - Promoting renewable energy worldwide, Berlin, pp. 24 download