IRENA Fifth Assembly to Discuss Urgent Need, Increased Business Case for Renewable Energy Expansion


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 7 January 2015 – Ministers and senior officials from more than 150 countries will meet this month to discuss the urgent need and increased business case for rapid renewable energy expansion at IRENA’s Fifth Assembly.

Taking place 17-18 January at the St. Regis Hotel in Abu Dhabi, this year’s Assembly seeks to speed the global renewable energy expansion to address global challenges including climate change, energy access, energy security, and the power sector transformation.

Multiple announcements will be made around the Assembly including the launch of three reports: Renewable Power Generation Costs 2014; Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus; Renewable Energy Prospects: United Arab Emirates. In addition, five renewable energy projects in developing countries will be awarded loans under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility, and REsource, a new search engine on all things renewable energy, will go live.

Entry to the IRENA Assembly will be permitted for registered journalists only. Cameras will not be permitted in the Assembly hall, except by prior arrangement. Video B-roll and photos can be supplied upon request.

A limited number of spaces are available for media to attend the following activities:

Saturday 17 January – IRENA Assembly
09.00 – 09.30

IRENA Assembly Opening - Opening session remarks from the previous President of the Assembly (TBC), followed by the handover to the new President of the Assembly (Japan), followed by host country welcome remarks by UAE Minister of State

09.30 – 10.30 IRENA Annual Report – Presentation by the Director General of IRENA
10.30 – 13.00 Interventions by Countries - Remarks from Ministers/heads of delegation
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
15.30 - 17.30

Renewable Power Generation Costs – discussion with remarks from IRENA’s Director-General, Ministers, high-level officials

19.00 – 20.30 Reception – Media is welcome to attend as guests to the dinner reception
Sunday 18 January – IRENA Assembly
10.00 – 11.30

Off-grid Renewable Energy Deployment – discussion with remarks from IRENA’s Director-General, Ministers, high-level officials

11.30 – 13.00

Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation – discussion with remarks from Ministers, high-level officials

13.00 – 14.30


13.30 – 14.00

Press Conference: IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund For Development (ADFD) Project Facility – with announcements from IRENA Director General, ADFD Director-General, the Minister of Poland and UAE Official

14.30 – 15.00

REsource – Presentation on new online library providing information on renewable energy market statistics, policies, finance, costs, benefits etc.

17.30 – 18.00 Assembly closing session

The two-day Assembly marks the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), a global gathering of policy makers and business leaders. Other highlights on IRENA’s agenda during ADSW include:

World Future Energy Summit (19-22 January), IRENA will hold 13 side events, offer expert briefings and issue reports on renewable energy issues daily at the IRENA booth in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), including: