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Global industry leaders and IRENA join forces to accelerate renewable deployment

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8 June 2023, Bonn | The International Renewable Energy Agency and Global Renewables Alliance  signed an MoU today to work together towards  a rapid, sustainable, affordable and inclusive energy transition. The world needs renewables now and policymakers must have a clear-eyed focus on delivering them - this partnership will help ensure that happens.  IRENA’s target of 1 TW of new renewable capacity annually to 2030 will guide ambition for this work.

This partnership will have a laser-targeted focus on ensuring the delivery of renewable energy around the world, and support policymakers in overcoming barriers that hinder the rapid growth in renewables that the world needs to stay on the 1.5 °C pathway.

COP28 represents a major chance for the world to get on track to meet our climate goals. IRENA and GRA will collaborate on a wide range of initiatives  including raising awareness on the high impact corporate sourcing of renewable energy including hourly matching (24/7 Carbon Free Energy). The activities will build momentum to  the dedicated global renewable energy hub at COP 28.

The work carried out at this pioneering hub will deliver leadership to ensure genuine implementation. Bringing collaboration among governments, industry and other key stakeholders from all parts of the world to the heart of COP28 to support holistic, clean energy solutions delivering energy transitions globally.

Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency, said:

Now more than ever we must redesign international cooperation and enhance closer collaborations with major players to accelerate and scale up the energy transition. It is a pleasure to take this significant step with the Alliance, as some of its founding members have been an active part of IRENA Coalition for Action’s family. I am convinced that this new partnership with leading voices of renewables will catalyse tangible commitments at COP28 and beyond, further amplifying our common efforts to get the transition on track.

Bruce Douglas, CEO of the Global Renewables Alliance, said:

“We need #RenewablesNow. The global energy transition will only be delivered at scale and speed through collaboration. It is vital that industry and governments now work together to accelerate renewable energy deployment. GRA are therefore delighted to be collaborating with IRENA in this critical year for the transition - our united voices will be fundamental to COP28 delivering the renewable pathway the world needs.”

Gianni Chianetta, CEO of Global Solar Council, said:

"The world is running out of time to put in place the changes needed to avoid the dangerous impacts of climate change. There is now no doubt that renewable energy will need to play a leading role to get the world to net zero, and solar PV is going contribute the lion's share of the zero-carbon GW's needed for the global energy transition. The GSC is proud to be part of this new partnership to cut through the talk, and get to the action to accelerate the critical deployment of solar and other renewable energy sources ahead of COP28."

Gianni Chianetta, CEO of Global Solar Council with Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Note for editors

The Global Solar Council ( is the voice of the world’s solar energy industry, a non-profit body based in Washington D.C. representing national, regional and international associations as well as leading solar sector corporations. Founded at the 2015 Paris climate conference as a private-sector response to the climate emergency, the Global Solar Council brings together associations from both established and emerging markets that represent companies all along the solar supply chain.

Alyssa Pek, Communication Manager GSC, +39 490 56 81 39, [email protected]

About the Global Renewables Alliance
The Global Renewables Alliance (The GRA) represents the leading international industry players and provides a unified renewable energy voice. Comprised of founding members the Global Wind Energy Council, the Global Solar Council, the International Hydropower Association, the International Geothermal Association, the Long Duration Energy Storage Council and the Green Hydrogen Organisation, the Alliance aims to increase ambition and accelerate the uptake of renewable energy across the world. #RenewablesNow

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Alex Bath, Communications Director GWEC/GRA, +447515759537, [email protected]

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
IRENA is the lead intergovernmental agency for the global energy transformation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 168 Members (167 States and the European Union) and 16 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Nanda F. Moenandar, Communications Officer, IRENA, [email protected], +97124147101
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