Australia Now a Member of International Renewable Energy Agency

Australia ( April 06, 2011

Australia Now a Member of International Renewable Energy Agency

Australia Now a Member of International Renewable Energy Agency

Australia has the opportunity to play a leading role in international efforts to increase the deployment of renewable energy technologies and drive down their costs with its election overnight to the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

IRENA is headquartered in Abu Dhabi and provides a central point for knowledge sharing among member countries and works alongside existing global organisations including the International Energy Agency. IRENA also providing advice to facilitate capacity building among developing countries, including Australia’s Pacific neighbours.

Australia ratified the IRENA statute in January 2011 and will be represented on the Council by Martin Hoffman, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism. Attending the first IRENA Assembly meeting in Abu Dhabi, Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson AM MP said Australia’s election to the IRENA Council reflects the significant role Australia played in helping to establish this important agency.

“Australia’s participation as a member of the governing council gives us a seat at the table to help shape the development and work plan of IRENA in these early years,” Minister Ferguson said. “The production of energy from renewable sources will continue to increase with the International Energy Agency predicting for example that wind has the potential to provide 12 per cent and solar photovoltaic 11 per cent of global electricity production by 2050.

“IRENA’s work is designed to accelerate the amount of energy obtained from renewable sources, bolstering global efforts on climate change and helping to maintain long term energy security. “It is vital that Australia remains at the forefront of these developments and our role on the IRENA Council will enable Australia to both share its experiences with other members and in turn benefit from theirs.”

The IRENA Council, consisting of 21 members, is the oversight and management body for IRENA between meetings of the Assembly.

Minister Ferguson said that Australia’s participation with IRENA complements our domestic action to increase the deployment of renewable energy technologies through the expanded 20 per cent by 2020 Renewable Energy Target, the $5 billion Clean Energy Initiative, and the Government’s work on a mechanism to price carbon.

While in Abu Dhabi Minister Ferguson will also attend the second Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, meet with ministerial counterparts and key tourism stakeholders, and visit Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship community that will deploy clean energy technologies and drive innovation.

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