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Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice

IRENA events at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

19-21 January 2015 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Coverage on Monday, 19 January 2015

Participants entering the venue of the World Future Energy Summit

On Monday, 19 January 2015, participants at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) attended a number of IRENA events including “Regional renewables: power without borders”, “Socio-economic benefits of solar and wind energy” and “Funding opportunities for renewable energy projects in developing countries through the IRENA/Abu Dhabi fund for development project facility”.

During the session on power without borders participants highlighted, among others, IRENA’s new Regulatory Empowerment Project the importance developing regional institutions and transmission infrastructure, IRENA’s work on regional clean energy corridors and the results of a soon-to-be-published IRENA report on the lessons learnt from Swedish-Norwegian certificate market.

Participants at the session on the socio-economic benefits of solar and wind energy highlighted IRENA’s Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group’s econValue project to analyze the socio-economic benefits of renewable energy deployment, policies in the socioeconomic value chain that support deployment of renewable energy at country or regional level, tradeoffs and priority issues for optimizing socio-economic benefits of renewable energy and the link between renewable energies and economic growth.

In the session on funding opportunities, Seleha Lockwood, IRENA, explained that the UAE pledged US$350 million in concessional loans over seven annual cycles through the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) for renewable energy projects recommended by IRENA in developing countries. She described the application process for the loans and noted that in the first cycle US$41 million in concessional loans was allocated with US$42 million from other sources, which resulted in 21 MW of new capacity. Beneficiaries included Ecuador, Mali, Maldives, Mauritania, Samoa and Sierra Leone.


Gorbuz Gonul, IRENA
Bo Diczfalusy, Director, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sweden
Anders Plejdrup Houmøller, HoumollerConsulting, Denmark
L-R: Estella Pancaldi, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici Spa (GSE); Ahmed Ebrahim, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA); Stefan Gsanger, The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA); Péter Kaderják, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (ERRA); Chaiwat Muncharoen, Asian Greenhouse Gas Management Center (AGMC); and Elijah Sichone, Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa
Elijah Sichone, Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa
Ahmed Ebrahim, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)

Workshop on the socio-economic impacts of Renewable Energy in the MENA Region

Organized by IRENA and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)


Rabia Ferroukhi, IRENA and Anita Richter, GIZ
Barbara Breitschopf, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)
Steffen Erdle, GIZ
Ulrike Lehr, Institute of Economic Structures Research (GWS)
Giovanni Simoni, CEO Kenergia Srl
 

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Related Links
IRENA Resources

*IRENA Assembly Website and Documents

*IRENA Assembly Provisional Annotated Agenda

*Schedule of Assembly and other IRENA events during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

*IRENA Membership

*IRENA Council Information

*IRENA Statute


IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth session of the IRENA Assembly, World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, and IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, 18-19, 20-22 and 21 January 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit, 6-7 September 2012, Malta

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2012, 16-19 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Pacific Leaders Meeting and Second Session of the IRENA Assembly, 13 and 14-15 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on Renewables – Competitiveness and Innovation, and the Official Opening of the IRENA International Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), 6-7 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on the Occasion of the Official Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) Inauguration, 6 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy, 8-9 July 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Session of the Preparatory Commission for IRENA and First session of the Assembly of IRENA, 3-5 April 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2011, 17-20 January 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities

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