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Africa Clean Energy Corridor High-Level Meeting,
Fourth session of the IRENA Assembly,
World Future Energy Summit 2014, and
IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference

18-22 January 2014 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Highlights
Adnan Amin, Macky Sall, Hailemariam Desalegn and Ernest Bai Koroma

Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) moderated a discussion with Macky Sall, President of Senegal, Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, during the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

IRENA The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) High-Level Meeting on an Africa Clean Energy Corridor, the Fourth session of the IRENA Assembly, the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014 and the first IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 17-22 January 2014.

The High-level Meeting on an Africa Clean Energy Corridor and the Fourth session of the IRENA Assembly were held 17 January and 18-19 January respectively at the St. Regis on Saadiyat Island, while WFES 2014 took place 20-22 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and the Renewable Energy Jobs Conference was held 21 January in the Aloft hotel at ADNEC.
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Highlights for Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014 concluded on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates.

On Wednesday morning and afternoon, the event “Renewable energy investment in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), moving beyond targets: opportunities and challenges” took place. This invitation-only session was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, the Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board (RIAB) of the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). A moderated discussion examined factors enabling successfully financed projects, as well as private sector views on key barriers for scaling up financing in renewables.

Throughout the day, IRENA hosted a workshop on "Business models for renewable energy deployment in cities." The event brought together key local government decision-makers and private sector actors to discuss cost effective business models. Discussions addressed, inter alia: waste to energy, solar water heaters, and retrofitting outdoor/road lighting.

Full web coverage available here: 22 Jan

GCC Investment Event Dais

A view of the dais during the event on renewable energy investment in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Renewables in Cities Room Shot
Renewables in Cities Room Shot

Views of the room during the event on business models for renewable energy deployment in cities.

Renewables Mascots
Walking Numbers
Koto Music and Dance
Miquel Muñoz and Adil Najam
Khalifa University Hexacopter
IRENA Booth
Green Energy and Biofuels
Highlights for Tuesday, 21 January 2014

On Tuesday, the IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference took place, highlighting the renewable energy sector as a significant employer with the potential of adding millions of jobs worldwide in the coming years. This first conference on the topic included experts, practitioners, academics and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors, providing a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices.

In addition, IRENA organized side events at the World Future Energy Summit on: grid integration and energy storage; the Project Navigator software tool for renewable energy developers; and "Hybridizing isolated diesel grids for decentralized energy: Public-private investment opportunities."

Full web coverage available here: 21 Jan

Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the opening ceremony of the IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference. L-R: Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Liu Qi, Vice Administrator, National Energy Administration, China; Abderrahim El Hafidi, Secretary-General, Department of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco; Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates; and Karsten Sach, Deputy Director-General, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany.

Project Navigator Event

During an IRENA side event, Roland Rösch, Senior Programme Officer, IRENA, discussed the Project Navigator, a new tool by IRENA to assist renewable energy project developers in developing “top-notch” project proposals.

Grid Integration and Energy Storage Event
Grid Integration and Energy Storage Event

The side event on grid integration and energy storage identified challenges and current options, discussing upcoming alternatives for future expansion of grid-integrated renewables.

Hybrid Diesel Minigrids Event
Hybrid Diesel Minigrids Event

The side event on "Hybridizing isolated diesel grids for decentralized energy: Public-private investment opportunities" took place on Tuesday afternoon, organized in two parts. The first part focused on conditions on the ground – target locations and business plans. The second part considered risk mitigation for investors – using public funds to stimulate sustainable markets. Opening the event, Dean Cooper, UNEP, highlighted minigrids as a priority issue given their key role in future electrification of developing countries. He noted the focus on replacing diesel and areas with no existing connections, saying that success and sustainability will be measured through commercial viability.

Venue Panorama
Highlights for Monday, 20 January 2014

A youth choir welcomed participants on Monday morning to the opening ceremony of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the 2014 WFES, an event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. The event included a conference, an international exhibition, the Project & Finance Village, the Young Future Energy Leaders program, as well as a number of corporate meetings and concurrent social events, including several several side events organized by IRENA.

At the opening ceremony, the week was framed as an action-oriented conference and event to ensure sustainable access to water and energy, mitigate impacts of climate change, create jobs and sustained economic growth and develop solutions through partnerships, through WFES and interconnected conferences on water and waste management.

Sultan Ahmed al Jaber, CEO, Masdar, called for a collective effort to rethink and transform economies to become more resilient, productive and efficient, making it possible to achieve the tremendous potential for sustainable energy and development. Opening remarks were made also by IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin and a panel of Heads of State from Africa focusing on harnessing Africa’s great renewable energy potential.

Full web coverage available here: 20 Jan

Youth Choir

A youth choir sang the National Anthem of the United Arab Emirates.

Sultan Ahmed al Jaber
Sultan Ahmed al Jaber, CEO, Masdar.
Adnan Amin
Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA.
Ernest Bai Koroma
Ernest Bai Koroma, President of Sierra Leone.
Hailemariam Desalegn
Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
Macky Sall
Macky Sall, President of Senegal.
SIDS Event Room Shot

The High-Level Discussion on preparations for the 3rd International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa in September 2014 was hosted by IRENA. Ministers and delegates engaged in dialogue on the challenges and opportunities regarding renewable energy implementation in SIDS and how IRENA could support member countries.

Hybrid vehicle
Electric vehicle
Highlights for Sunday, 19 January 2014

The fourth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) closed on Sunday evening. Issues considered during the session included: various organizational and institutional matters, including the work programme and budget for 2014-15 and procedure for appointing the Director-General; IRENA's annual publication RE-thinking energy; IRENA Renewable Energy and Jobs Report; report on RE-map 2030 – IRENA's Global Roadmap to 2030; Renewable Readiness Assessments; the IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Project Facility; and the Project Navigator, an online tool to support the development of renewable energy projects.

A ministerial roundtable discussion took place on Sunday parallel to the IRENA Assembly, organized in two parts. The first part focused on the theme "renewables – extending the frontier," and the second part addressed regional initiatives for scaling up investment in renewable power.

Full web coverage available here: 19 Jan

Dais Shot

A view of the dais. L-R: Gauri Singh, IRENA Secretariat; Frank Wouters, Deputy Director-General, IRENA; Fourth Assembly Vice-President Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Maldives; and Mohamed El-Farnawany, IRENA Secretariat.

Hugo Lucas
Hugo Lucas, IRENA Secretariat.
Morten Albaek
Morten Albaek, Vestas Wind Systems.
Sven Teske
Sven Teske, Greenpeace.
Signing
Coalition for Action launch
Christopher Somerville
Christopher Somerville, Director, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley.
Maria van der Hoeven
Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency.
Steve Sawyer
Steve Sawyer, Secretary-General, Global Wind Energy Council.
Group Smiles
Highlights for Saturday, 18 January 2014

The fourth session of the IRENA Assembly opened on Saturday morning. The Assembly elected Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Secretary of Energy of Mexico, as President of its fourth session.

Agenda items taken up on Saturday included: organization of work; implementation of the 2013 work programme and budget; the work programme and budget for 2014-15; a signing ceremony for the IRENA Global Atlas Initiative; IRENA Council Chair's report; IRENA's annual publication REthinking energy; the IRENA Renewable Energy and Jobs Report; and RE-map 2030 – IRENA's Global Roadmap to 2030.

Full web coverage available here: 18 Jan

Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the meeting. L-R: Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Pedro Joaquín Coldwell of Mexico, President of the Fourth Assembly; Mohamed El-Farnawany, IRENA Secretariat.

Inoke Vala
Inoke Vala, Tonga.
Timothy Williamson
Timothy Williamson, United States.
Alfredo Raúl Morelli
Amb. Alfredo Raúl Morelli, Argentina.
Global Atlas Initiative Signers

Twenty-three new countries signed the Global Atlas Initiative.

Chatting
Felix Dods and Aaron Leopold
Greeting
Samoan Delegation
Scott Vaughan and Adnan Amin
Highlights for Friday, 17 January 2014

On Friday afternoon, a ministerial meeting convened to consider an Action Agenda for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, an initiative launched at the third session of the IRENA Assembly in January 2013 with the objective of developing clean, indigenous, cost-effective renewable power to support Africa's economic development.

Discussions covered, inter alia: countries' views on the opportunity to move to a renewable energy future; key challenges that countries will face in making the transition; whether countries are fully equipped to utilize their renewable resource potential; and whether the concept of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor provides the necessary elements to enable renewable energy transition.

The Round Table was followed by a Partnership Panel on Promoting Investment in Renewable Power Infrastructure. Topics discussed included challenges for renewable power investment in the African setting, key elements for projects to be bankable, whether the Corridor makes sense at the scale envisaged and how partners can be engaged in the development of the Corridor.

The ministers agreed to endorse the IRENA Communiqué on the Africa Clean Energy Corridor with elements of zoning and resource assessment, country and regional planning, enabling frameworks for investment, capacity building and public information.

Full web coverage available here: 17 Jan

Dais shot

A view of the dais.

Wang Zhongying
Wang Zhongying, Director, Chinese National Renewable Energy Center.
Jesca Eriyo
Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General, East African Community.
Ingolf Dietrich
Ingolf Dietrich, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany.
Ali Yacoub Mahamoud
Ali Yacoub Mahamoud, Minister of Energy, Djibouti.
Harry Kalaba
Harry Kalaba, Minister of Lands, Natural Resources and Environment, Zambia.
Giorgio Starace
Amb. Giorgio Starace, Italy.
Thani Al Zayoudi
Thani Al Zayoudi, Director of Energy & Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Arab Emirates.
Salvador Namburete
Salvador Namburete, Minister of Energy, Mozambique.
Mosad ElMissiry
Mosad ElMissiry, Head of Energy Division, NEPAD.
Botswana
Aaron Somolekae, Principal Engineer - Renewable Energy, Botswana.
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Related Links
IRENA Assembly resources

*IRENA Assembly website and documents

*Provisional annotated agenda

*IRENA’s membership figures

*Information about the IRENA Council

*Website for the First session of the IRENA Assembly, 3-5 April 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*Website for the Second session of the IRENA Assembly, 13-15 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*Website for the Third session of the IRENA Assembly, 13-14 January 2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE


WFES resources

*WFES 2014 website

*WFES 2014 programme

*WFES 2014 speakers

*WFES 2014 exhibitor List


Jobs Conference resources

*Conference website

*Conference agenda

*Conference speakers


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit, 6-7 September 2012, Malta

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2012, 16-19 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Pacific Leaders Meeting and Second Session of the IRENA Assembly, 13 and 14-15 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on Renewables – Competitiveness and Innovation, and the Official Opening of the IRENA International Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), 6-7 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on the Occasion of the Official Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) Inauguration, 6 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy, 8-9 July 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Session of the Preparatory Commission for IRENA and First session of the Assembly of IRENA, 3-5 April 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2011, 17-20 January 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*Energy-L - A mailing list for news on energy policy

*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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