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Irena launches first world atlas on renewable energy

The International Renewable Energy Agency on Sunday (Jan 13) unveiled the world’s first-ever atlas on clean energy, which will provide open-access information on the renewable energy potential of different countries across the globe.

Touted as the largest initiative to aid countries gauge their renewable energy potential, the Global Atlas is aimed at raising awareness of the world’s renewable energy potential and to help companies seeking to invest in new markets.

The Internet-based platform, found at www.irena.org/GlobalAtlas, compiles data and maps from leading technical institutions and private companies worldwide.

It was launched during the annual general assembly of the Irena in Abu Dhabi, where over 150 countries came together to chart the future of international renewable energy policy globally.

“The Global Atlas provides a powerful new tool in international efforts to double the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Irena Director-General.

Currently, the atlas charts solar and wind resources and is expected to expand other renewable energy sources over 2013 and 2014, according to Irena.

“In the next 10 years, we expect a huge rise in the investments in renewable energy. The Global Solar and Wind Atlas will help us make the right decisions,” said Martin Lidegaard, Danish Minister of Climate, Energy and Building, and President of the 3rd session of the Irena Assembly.

Around 37 countries have so far joined the initiative and contributed information on their renewable energy potentials to the website.

Founded in 2009, Irena is an intergovernmental organization which aims to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. It is comprised of the European Union and 159 countries.

The Irena’s third annual general meeting held on January 13 to 14 is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which seeks to address the world’s pressing issues in energy, water and environment, and accelerate the global adoption of renewable energy. – EcoSeed Staff



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