From left to right: UAE’s Permanent Representative to IRENA, Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi and new IRENA Director-General, Francesco La Camera. Credit: IRENA

Francesco La Camera has officially assumed his position as the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The agency’s host country, the United Arab Emirates, has offered its full support to the new leadership.

Marking La Camera’s first day in office (04 April 2019), the UAE’s Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, took the opportunity to welcome the new Director-General and congratulated him on his appointment as the head of the 160-member strong Agency.

The minister offered the UAE’s full and unwavering support for IRENA and its global mandate - to support countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.

La Camera will lead the Agency during a period of rapid change in the global energy landscape driven by an unprecedented growth in renewable energy and the ever-growing urgency to limit climate change.

While progress has been especially significant in the power sector, further efforts are needed to scale-up renewable energy solutions in end-use sectors such as transportation, heating and cooling.

Global energy transformation

“The global energy transformation is entering a new phase,” said La Camera.

He added: “We must do everything we can to accelerate the pace and scope of change if we are to meet climate objectives, while ensuring that the new energy paradigm is fair and inclusive. This is also a unique opportunity to spur economic growth in a sustainable manner and close the energy access gap by creating a world where energy is abundant and available to all.

“As Director-General of IRENA, I will work tirelessly with all IRENA Members, stakeholders and partners to support the transition to a sustainable energy future.”

La Camera previously served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea since 2014.

During this time, he developed cooperation and partnership agreements with a wide range of countries.

He also spearheaded international cooperation on issues related to climate change and the environment, playing a key role in bringing together multilateral organisations to develop joint initiatives designed to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.