The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has cemented its relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in relation to the organisation having its headquarters in the Middle-Eastern country.
IRENA and the UAE have signed a supplementary agreement to the Headquarters Agreement, which was reached in 2012.
The new agreement outlines the specific conditions governing IRENA’s occupancy of its headquarters building in Masdar City.
The headquarters is the UAE’s first four-pearl Estidama rated building – a UAE certification system measuring energy, water and carbon efficiency.
The building is one of the most advanced buildings in the country and among the most sustainable premises of any international organisation worldwide, according to a statement.
His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “We are pleased to sign the supplementary agreement with IRENA. Hosting the Agency in our flagship Masdar City reinforces the UAE’s leading role as a supporter of global renewables deployment endeavours. The country has implemented multiple grant and soft loan programmes to fund clean and renewable energy ventures around the world.
“The UAE is strongly committed to increasing the share of renewables in its energy mix through mega projects, such as the 100 MW Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant, the 1.17 GW Noor Abu Dhabi, and the 5 GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Guided by the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, the country has broken the world record for the lowest solar energy cost multiple times.”
Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, said: “Hosting IRENA shows once more the UAE’s long-term commitment to the energy transition. Based in the UAE, IRENA advances low-carbon energy solutions and sustainable development pathways that serve as a strong example to the region and beyond. IRENA’s efforts to promote the deployment of sustainable energy in line with climate and development goals are strengthened by the UAE’s unwavering support.”