Norway to join new international drive for renewable enegy

The Norwegian Government decided January 23, 2009 that Norway will join the newly founded International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The purpose of IRENA is to promote the use of renewable energy on a global scale, particularly in developing countries.

“The Government intends to play its part in promoting the use of renewable energy, which is absolutely essential if we are to succeed in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The establishment of IRENA is a positive signal in the run-up to the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this year. Norway’s ambition is that IRENA should be an effective organisation, with clear targets, for promoting the use of renewable energy,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

IRENA is open to all UN Member States.

IRENA will promote the use of the following forms of energy: bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean and wave energy, including tidal energy and ocean thermal energy, and solar and wind energy. IRENA is the only international organisation that is solely dedicated to the promotion of renewable energy.

The Ministries of the Environment, Petroleum and Energy and Foreign Affairs will cooperate on Norwegian participation in IRENA. The State Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Robin Martin Kåss, will sign the founding treaty on behalf of Norway in Bonn on 26 January.

Source: Regjeringen.no

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