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International Renewable Energy Agency

Country of registration:
Masdar City, PO Box 236, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Relation to CTCN:
Knowledge Partner
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Type of organisation:
Specialized agency

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organization to promote adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. It was founded in 2009 and its statute entered into force on 8 July 2010. The agency is headquartered in Abu Dhabi.


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      Renewable energy employs about 32% women, compared to 22% in the energy sector overall. Still, within renewables, women’s participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs is far lower than in administrative jobs.

      This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) examines the question of gender equity throughout sector. Building on a ground-breaking survey of employees, companies and institutions, it finds that much remains to be done to boost women’s participation and allow their talents to be fully utilised.

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      Sweden is well positioned to help the world meet the aims of the Paris Agreement. The country’s power system is almost entirely decarbonised already, based on extensive hydropower resources and nuclear power, as well as district heating fuelled by biomass. In 2017, the Swedish electricity production comprised around 40% hydropower, 39% nuclear, 11% wind power and 10% combined heat and power fueled predominantly by renewable sources.

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      The advent of electric vehicles (EVs) promises to be
      a game-changer for the world’s shift to sustainable
      energy and particularly to renewable power generation.
      This is true for several reasons. Most notably, along
      with transforming the transport sector, EVs present a
      viable opportunity to introduce much higher shares of
      renewables into the overall power generation mix.
      EV charging can create significant additional electricity
      demand. This can be met practically and cost-effectively

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      You are invited to participate to a unique one-hour webinar to learn more about how bioenergy projects can be developed and financed.  Learn and obtain practical tools to start your project from a panel of IRENA and industry experts. Free registration below.