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Setting the agenda to scale up renewable energy investment: International Energy Charter joins global energy leaders at IRENA’s annual Assembly in Abu Dhabi

On the 14-15 January 2017, Global leaders of the international energy community met in Abu Dhabi for the seventh session of the Assembly of IRENA , in which the International Energy Charter - represented by Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák and expert Sarah Keay-Bright - took part under observer status. 

The event brought together ministers, government advisors and officials and representatives from international organizations, the private sector and civil society. The Assembly, as IRENA’s ultimate decision-making authority, sets the direction for IRENA’s future work programme. Central to this is scale-up of investment in renewable energy to enable a sustainable energy transition that will result in timely achievement of international commitments relating to sustainable development and climate change mitigation. 

Alongside the Assembly discussions, a number of strategic discussions took place including a high-level meeting on renewable energy in South East Europe on 13 January, which Sarah Keay-Bright contributed to. The event followed up on high-level discussions hosted by Romania in Bucharest in October last year. The event continued discussions on how to exploit opportunities and overcome challenges in expanding the share of renewable energy in the region’s energy mix and provided  a platform for the launch of IRENA’s new publication Cost-competitive renewable power generation: Potential across South East Europe that identifies 740GW of potential renewable energy potential in the region. Also this month, prior to the Assembly, heads of delegation from across the region confirmed the intention to scale up renewables in line with the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework in the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Accelerating the Uptake of Renewables in South East Europe.