International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) welcomes its 100th member in a joint press release with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Federal Foreign Office.
Egypt became the 100th member of the still young International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on 19 June 2012 when its ratification was confirmed.
IRENA is the only international organization to focus exclusively on renewable energy sources, aiming to advance their use worldwide. Since IRENA commenced operations, it has increasingly become the international nexus for cooperation in the development and global deployment of renewable energies. Its current work includes producing a global wind and solar atlas as well as core analyses and scenarios for the international expansion of renewables, taking into account cost-benefit comparisons as well as the impact on jobs and the environment. It also advises governemnts on expanding the use of renewables.
Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier: "Germany emphaticaly supported the establishment of IRENA in order to advance the use of renewables around the world. We can take great satisfaction in how successful IRENA's work has been in the short period of time it has been in existence. Egypt becoming IRENA's 100th member shows what great internatioanl significance renweables now have. The rapidly growing number of committed countries can help get a global shift to green energy started quickly."
The headquarters of the IRENA Secretariat is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. That makes IRENA the first international organization to be headquartered in the Arab world. One of the three directorates, the IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), is located in Bonn. Germany thus plays an important role not only as depositary, but also as host country.