Irena opens innovation center in Germany
Bonn, October 9, 2011
The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) has announced the opening of its new innovation and technology center in Bonn, Germany.
The launch will add further impetus to the success of the Abu Dhabi-headquartered agency, said Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, president of the First Session of the assembly of Irena and UAE special envoy for Energy and Climate Change.
“The IITC will provide Irena with additional capacity and support in delivering its overall work plan.”
His comments came at the inauguration of the Irena innovation centre in Bonn on Friday, co-hosted by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the Federal Republic of Germany, Norbert Rottgen and Adnan Amin, Irena director general.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mohamed Da’en Al Hamli, UAE Minister of Energy, Mohammed Ahmed Al Mahmood, UAE ambassador to Germany, as well as Dr Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Since its founding conference in 2009, Irena has come to represent a unique international platform to promote the exchange of policies and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy to meet the challenge of energy access, energy security and sustainable development.
“From climate change to energy security, and green growth, Irena’s mission touches on the key issues of our generation. As such, the importance of its success cannot be understated,” said Al Jaber in his opening remarks at the inauguration ceremony
“This important milestone for the agency demonstrates the strong global determination to work cooperatively to advance the use of renewable energy around the world. Innovation and technology are key elements to scaling up renewable energy and combating climate change,” he added.
In June 2009, Abu Dhabi was selected by Irena members to be the headquarters of the agency - representing the first time an international organization is based in a Mena region.
Amin said the launch was yet another milestone in Irena’s arrival on the international scene as the authority partner for governments, private sector and civil society for the global effort on renewable energy.-TradeArabia News Service