The 18th Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is underway in Abu Dhabi, through which the agency will review progress and plan a new work programme towards a climate-safe, sustainable future.
Luxembourg will serve as Chair and Antigua and Barbuda as Vice-Chair for the two-day governing body meeting which takes place only six weeks after world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
“The biggest challenge of our time is not only to preserve the beauty of the planet for future generations but to save humankind in doing so. This vital challenge can only be met by a disruptive change of perception we all have about using resources, and through massive and worldwide development of renewable energy,” Guy Lentz, Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the European Union, and designated Chair of the Council meeting.
Lentz added: “Only through international cooperation, like at IRENA, in accelerating renewables deployment and energy efficiency, can we face those challenges appropriately. Luxembourg and its European Union partners view renewable energy as a key component in the energy transition having adopted ambitious targets in renewables for 2030 and beyond.”
He noted that it is through gatherings like IRENA’s Council, that they seek to foster coordination in global efforts to innovate restlessly in the energy field, “to make energy accessible and affordable for all, and to avert a climate crisis.”
IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera added: “Today, the question is no longer whether the energy transition is possible. With renewables, it is possible to mitigate climate change and its impacts, to enhance air quality, to improve human health and to create access to affordable energy.”
La Camera said IRENA is strengthening engagement with its members and key partners to facilitate on-the-ground solutions and support countries in meeting their climate and development ambitions sustainably by using renewable energy.
“Your presence here today demonstrates that @IRENA is a valued platform for international cooperation for the accelerated deployment of #renewables which is a vital element of the #energytransition.”—@flacamera welcomes delegates to the 18th #IRENAcouncil pic.twitter.com/cMMoJNRnDF— IRENA (@IRENA) November 5, 2019