The Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, Adnan Z. Amin, and the General Manager of the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre (Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables de España, CENER), José Javier Armendáriz, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions. The main objective of this agreement is to encourage the development of renewable energy at an international level by carrying out joint projects of collaboration and by the exchanging knowledge and experience.
To be more precise, the main areas of collaboration will be the improvement of renewable energy data and assessment methodologies; providing technical advice for the implementation of renewable energy; providing recommendations on both national and regional strategies and capacity building; exchanging information on best practices concerning renewable technologies and their implementation; and direct participation in projects such as IRENA’s Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy. In this latest, CENER has been already actively participating.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 118 Members (117 States and the European Union). Over 40additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East. IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.