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Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice

Fifth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) Assembly and Associated Events

16-21 January 2015 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Highlights for Friday, 16 January 2015

On Friday, 16 January 2015, a number of pre-IRENA Assembly events took place throughout the day.

An event on challenges and opportunities for renewable energy in Latin America took place in the morning and afternoon. The main elements of IRENA’s Working Paper on Renewable Energy in Latin America was presented, wherein it was noted that although solar and wind energy are gaining momentum in renewable energy investments, vast geothermal resources remain largely unexploited. Participants discussed potential collaboration between Latin America and the Caribbean region with IRENA. The Geothermal Development Facility for Latin America, launched at UNFCCC COP 20 by 14 donors was highlighted.

An event on renewable energy from the sea considered the technological status and outlook for ocean energy. The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, which aims to bridge the divide between countries that have access to data sets, expertise, and financial support to evaluate their national renewable energy potential and those that do not, was presented.

The environmental impact of renewable energy technologies was considered during another side event. An overview of IRENA’s environmental projects and proposed future direction described how this work promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy technologies by facilitating collaborative action and providing tools to support policymakers and investors. Perspectives were provided from the geothermal and wind energy sectors. The use of strategic environmental impact assessments to explore alternative renewable energy scenarios as well as solutions to mitigate the social and environmental impacts of geothermal operations in Italy and the US was also considered.

Adnan Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Dolf Gielen, IRENA
Roland Roesch, IRENA
Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Mexico
Pedro Salvatori, Argentina
Aldo Flores-Quiroga, Secretary-General, International Energy Forum (IEF)
Marietta Sander, Executive Director, International Geothermal Association (IGA)
Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, receiving a present from Edwin Quintanilla, Peru

Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies

L-R: Franco Sansone, Enel Green Power; Sven Teske, Greenpeace; Rabia Ferroukhi, IRENA; Henning Wuester, IRENA; and Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Sven Teske, Greenpeace
Marietta Sander, Executive Director, IGA
Franco Sansone, Enel Green Power
Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)

Renewable Energy Produced at Sea

Dolf Gielen, IRENA
Ruud Kempener, IRENA
Martine Kubler Mamlouk, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to IRENA
Nicolas Fichaux, IRENA
A view of the room during the event

Snaphots around the Venue

Asheline Appleton, IISD

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