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Global energy transformation entering a new phase says new IRENA head

“The global energy transformation is entering a new phase. We must do everything we can to accelerate the pace and scope of change if we are to meet climate objectives while ensuring that the new energy paradigm is fair and inclusive. This is also a unique opportunity to spur economic growth in a sustainable manner and close the energy access gap by creating a world where energy is abundant and available to all," said Francesco La Camera, new Director-General of IRENA.

Francesco La Camera, new Director-General of International Renewable Energy Agency (photo courtesy IRENA).

As announced in January, Director-General Francesco La Camera assumed office after outgoing Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin, officially left office on April 3, 2019, following eight years heading the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Adnan Z. Amin became the Agency’s first Director-General in 2011 at a time when renewable energy technologies were a fringe discussion in the global energy landscape.

During his tenure, IRENA’s membership has grown from 64 to 159 and the European Union (EU) – a near-universal representation that speaks both to the importance of renewable energy and the instrumental support the Agency has delivered.

In a short time period, IRENA has become uniquely positioned as the global intergovernmental organisation on renewable energy, acting as a centre of excellence, as well as a knowledge and innovation hub, which supports countries worldwide in their transition to a sustainable energy future.

New era

Today, renewables have established themselves as the fastest growing source of new power generation in the world and account for a third of global power capacity. Francesco La Camera will lead the Agency during a period of rapid change in the global energy landscape driven by unprecedented growth in renewable energy and the ever-growing urgency to limit climate change.

While progress has been especially significant in the power sector, further efforts are needed to scale-up renewable energy solutions in end-use sectors such as transportation, heating, and cooling.

The global energy transformation is entering a new phase. We must do everything we can to accelerate the pace and scope of change if we are to meet climate objectives while ensuring that the new energy paradigm is fair and inclusive. This is also a unique opportunity to spur economic growth in a sustainable manner and close the energy access gap by creating a world where energy is abundant and available to all. As Director-General of IRENA, I will work tirelessly with all IRENA Members, stakeholders and partners to support the transition to a sustainable energy future, said Francesco La Camera.

He previously served as Director-General of Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, EU and International Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea since 2014. During this time, La Camera developed cooperation and partnership agreements with a wide range of countries.

La Camera also spearheaded international cooperation on issues related to climate change and the environment, playing a key role in bringing together multilateral organisations to develop joint initiatives designed to implement the Paris Agreement and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

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