|IRENA has started - International Renewable Energy Agency established in Bonn, Germany.|
Press Release, 26 January 2009
The idea to establish IRENA can be traced back to Hermann Scheer. Over the last two decades, as president of EUROSOLAR and chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy, he has constantly argued for the establishment of a political institution in the form of an international governmental organisation for renewable energy. "The long way from the initiative to the foundation of the IRENA shows that you do not only need further leading ideas but also patience and stamina for their realization." said Scheer in retrospect.
He continued: "IRENA will provide advice and support for both industrialised and developing countries for a rapid introduction of renewable energy. IRENA will offer practical and concrete policy advice, accelerate technology transfer and facilitate access to effective financial mechanisms. The agency will support the know-how-transfer and help build capacity." says Hermann Scheer. IRENA will act as an institutional counterbalance to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the International Energy Agency.
On the day of the founding conference the signing nations will discuss the further steps and the first tasks for IRENA including the selection process for the seat of the organisation and the general director.
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