Korea to host 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference
The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) has announced that Korea won the bid to host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). During the 2017 IREC in Mexico, the steering committee of REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) chose Korea as the next host over strong competitors for the country’s energy transition policy with a focus on renewable energy.
South Korea is the first Asian country that officially declared gradual shift from nuclear energy and coal-fired power generation. Convened by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), a global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors, the International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), is an internationally renowned conference dedicated to renewable energy policies worldwide.
Some 4 000 high-level representatives from international organizations such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as well as participating countries’ energy ministries, renewable energy associations, industries, and civic groups participate in the conference. It lasts three to four days, during which high-level roundtables, exhibitions, panel discussions, and field trips take place.
The 2019 IREC will be held in Seoul between October 23 and 26. The Ministry will set up the fifth national Basic Plan for New and Renewable Energy by 2019 and announced at the conference. The government expects the hosting of the event will be a major turning point for Korea’s renewable energy drive as it will declare a strong determination for the transition toward renewable energy. The IREC would also allow the government strengthen interaction and cooperation in energy fields with industries and other countries.
Through hosting the 2019 IREC, Korea will show the international community our drive to distribute renewable energy and foster relevant industries. We hope it provides domestic businesses with an opportunity to expand globally, said Deputy Minister for Energy and Resources Park Won-joo.
The Ministry cooperated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to directly contact REN21 officials, while Korea Energy Agency President Kang Nam-hoon, who chairs the bidding committee, visited and met key officials of the IRENA and REN21.
At the 2017 IREC held in Mexico between September 11 to 14, also known as the MEXIREC, the Korean delegation publicized the country’s renewable energy policies and projects at a dedicated exhibition and met with the REN21 leadership before winning the bid to host the next event.