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New IEA-IRENA partnership will heighten co-operation and policy collaboration


The International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency ( IRENA) have signed a partnership agreement to strengthen cooperation between the two organizations. One focal point will be development of a joint database of renewable energy policies, with the aim of maximizing output while avoiding duplication of efforts. The new initiative will build on an existing IEA database and will be known as the IEA/I RENA Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database, which will also collect data from IRENA members and signatory countries. The database will be a updated at least twice a year and will be open to free public access.

January 16, 2012

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) signed a partnership agreement today which will strengthen co-operation between the two organisations. Although the agencies have collaborated since IRENA’s inception in 2009 – including developing a joint approach on renewable energy statistics – this agreement will launch a number of new initiatives, such as development of a joint Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database.

IRENA’s Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, added: “IRENA and the IEA are natural partners in the global quest to increase the deployment of renewable energy. This agreement will allow us to maximise output by drawing on each others’ respective strengths and complementary areas, while avoiding duplication of efforts.”

The IEA’s Executive Director, Maria van der Hoeven, emphasised the importance of close co-operation. “The Joint Database will eventually allow the coverage of renewable energy policies in 150 countries, which I consider a crucial milestone to foster best policy practices – and consequently cost-effective large-scale deployment of renewables,” she said.

The proposed new areas of work are outlined in a Letter of Intent, which was signed by the Executive Director of the IEA and the Director General of IRENA, during the IRENA Assembly in Abu Dhabi on 14 January 2012.  IRENA, which was established in January 2009, aims at acting as a global voice for renewable energy, promoting its widespread and increased adoption.

The existing IEA database will now be known as the IEA/IRENA Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database and will be improved with additional datasets from IRENA Members and Signatory countries. Both parties will collect and verify information for the database, which will be open to free public access and be updated at least twice a year.

Other points covered in the Letter of Intent include the regular exchange of information, the organisation of joint conferences and workshops and reciprocal participation in technical committee meetings.

There will also be increased collaboration between the two agencies at the Secretariat level, and in energy technology networks, including the IEA’s Multilateral Technology Initiatives. (These initiatives, also known as Implementing Agreements, are well-established programmes for pre-commercial international technology co-operation between countries, many of which focus on renewable energy technologies).


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