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IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference
and World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014

21 January and 20-22 January 2014 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Highlights for Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Jobs Conference

IRENA organized the 2014 Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, the first global conference of its kind.

IRENA 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."

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Renewable Energy Jobs Conference
Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the opening ceremony. 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.

Liu Qi
Liu Qi, Vice Administrator, Chinese National Energy Administration.
Abderrahim El Hafidi
Abderrahim El Hafidi, Secretary-General, Department of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Morocco.
Suhail Al Mazrouei
Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy, United Arab Emirates.
Francesco Starace
Francesco Starace, CEO, ENEL Green Power.
Karsten Sach
Karsten Sach, Deputy Director-General, German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.
Adnan Amin
Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA.
Global Dynamics Panel Shot

The dais during the panel on global dynamics of renewable energy jobs. L-R: Ulrike Lehr, Institute of Economic Structures Research; Michael Renner, Worldwatch Institute; Arthouros Zervos, Chair, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century; Hugo Lucas, Director, Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre, IRENA; Marlene O'Sullivan, German Aerospace Center; and Francesco Starace, CEO, ENEL Green Power.

Enabling Policies Panel Shot

The dais during the panel on enabling policies for renewable energy job creation. L-R: Martin Schöpe, Head of Division, International Affairs of Renewable Energy, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; Rabia Ferroukhi, Senior Programme Officer, IRENA; Matthew Kennedy, Co-Chair, International Energy Agency's Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (IEA-RETD); Georgeta Vidican, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute; Wang Zhongying, Director, Chinese National Renewable Energy Center; Ramon Mendez, Secretary of Energy, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay; and Tim Richards, Managing Director, Government Affairs and Policy, General Electric Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Skills, Occupations, Education and Training Dais

The dais during the panel on renewable energy skills, occupations, education and training. L-R: Frank Wouters, Deputy Director-General, IRENA; Paola Mazzucchelli, Secretary General, The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centres; Olga Striestka-Ilina, Senior Specialist in Skills Policies and Systems, International Labour Organization; Kristian Petrick, Consultant, All Green Energies and IEA-RETD; Ali Askar Sher Mohamad, Chief Operating Officer, Sustainable Energy Development Agency, Malaysia; Gerard McGovern, Quality Manager, BZEE Academy; and Axel von Perfall, Managing Director, Alingho.

Energy Access and Gender Dimension Dais

The dais during the panel on energy access and the gender dimension of renewable energy employment. L-R: Ben Good, CEO, Global Village Energy Partnership International; Soma Dutta, Senior Technical Advisor, ENERGIA; Dipal Chandra Barua, Co-founder, Grameen Bank; Dominique Lallement, Consultant; Jesca Eriyo, Deputy Secretary General, East African Community; Harish Hande, Managing Director, Selco; and Adil Najam, Boston University.

GCC Renewable Deployment Dais

The dais during the panel on socio-economic benefits of renewable energy deployment in the Gulf Cooperation Council. L-R: Rabia Ferroukhi, Senior Programme Officer, IRENA; Roula Majdalani, Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity, UNESCWA; Ibrahim Babelli, Chief Strategist, K.A. CARE; Thani Al Zayoudi, Direcor, Directorate of Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power; and Ahmed Nada, Vice President of Business Development for the Middle East, First Solar.

World Future Energy Summit Events
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.

Around the Renewable Energy Jobs Conference and World Future Energy Summit
Pledge Wall
Crafts
Venue Panorama
Jobs Conference Group Photo
Buildings near ADNEC
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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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