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GRA and IRENA partner to boost renewables deployment

GRA  and IRENA partner to boost renewables deployment
Bruce Douglas (left), CEO of the Global Renewables Alliance (GRA), and Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at the signing ceremony in Bonn, Germany (photo courtesy IRENA).

The world’s leading renewable energy groups have joined forces to ensure that COP 28 sees the world adopt a global commitment to renewable energy acceleration. The Global Renewables Alliance (GRA) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a unified vision for a rapid, sustainable, affordable, and inclusive energy transition.

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The world needs renewables now and policymakers must have a clear-eyed focus on delivering them – this partnership will ensure that happens.

COP 28 represents the last major chance for the world to get back on track to meet climate goals.

The partnership will have a “laser-targeted focus” on ensuring the delivery of renewable energy around the world and ensuring policymakers work to remove the bottlenecks that could hinder the rapid growth in renewable capacity that the world needs to stay on the 1.5°C pathway.

We need “#RenewablesNow.” The global energy transition will only be delivered at scale and speed through collaboration. It is vital that industry and governments now work together to accelerate renewable energy deployment. GRA is therefore delighted to be collaborating with IRENA in this critical year for the transition – our united voices will be fundamental to COP 28 delivering the renewable pathway the world needs, said Bruce Douglas, CEO of the Global Renewables Alliance.

The organizations will collaborate on a series of position papers, policy recommendations, and events, culminating in activities and crucial, action-oriented discussions at a dedicated hub that puts renewable energy at the very centre of discussions at COP 28, to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this year.

The work carried out at this pioneering hub will deliver leadership and decision-making to ensure genuine implementation.

Bringing collaboration between governments, industry, and other key stakeholders from all parts of the world to the heart of COP28 will ensure no one is left behind and holistic, clean energy solutions can deliver a path to sustainable development for the whole world.

The two organizations are also collaborating on raising awareness and accelerating high-impact corporate sourcing of renewable energy, specifically hourly matching (24/7 CFE).

Now more than ever we must redesign international cooperation and enhance closer collaborations with major players to accelerate and scale up the energy transition. It is a pleasure to take this significant step with the Alliance, as some of its founding members have been an active part of the IRENA Coalition for Action’s family. I am convinced that this new partnership with leading voices of renewables will catalyze tangible commitments at COP 28 and beyond, further amplifying our joint efforts to get the transition back on track, said Francesco La Camera, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency.

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