sustainable energy future
Left: Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of IEA. Right: Francesco La Camera, the Director-General IRENA. Credit: IRENA

The Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to work together for a secure and sustainable energy future.

The two agencies, represented by Francesco La Camera and Fatih Birol respectively, have worked together on a number of activities over the years, and this treaty will further enhance and institutionalise this collaboration.

The coalition comes at a time when the global energy landscape is witnessing rapid changes driven by the imperative to ensure energy security and achieve universal access to energy, while limiting adverse climate and environmental impacts.

“The global momentum of the energy transformation is strengthening but needs to accelerate further to meet global objectives,” said La Camera.

He added: “Greater international cooperation in the energy sector can help achieve this. The agreement we have signed…will seek to take advantage of synergies and complementarities in the activities of the two organizations aligned with the mandates entrusted to us by respective Member countries.”

Sustainable world energy system

Also commenting on the development, Dr Birol underlined that “The world needs urgent action to reverse current unsustainable trends: Global CO2 emissions are increasing, while progress in renewables and energy efficiency is not fast enough.

“This agreement allows us to combine our respective strengths to tackle this challenge and foster faster global progress towards a more secure, affordable and sustainable world energy system, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.” 

Specific areas of cooperation under the MOU include joint activities in line with both Agencies’ mandates and work programmes such as the exchange of statistics, enhanced collaboration on policy analysis as well as the organisation of joint events and training.