Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Monday, January 14th 2013 [ME NewsWire]
China has announced it will join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a milestone in international efforts to double the share of renewable energy worldwide by 2030.
The accession of China – a world leader in technology manufacturing and
the use of wind, solar and hydropower – marks a major step toward
universal membership for the Agency, which currently has 160
"China looks forward to becoming a full member of IRENA soon, as well
as working alongside all countries for greater achievements in global
renewable energy development,” said Liu Qi, Vice-Minister of the
National Energy Administration of China, at IRENA’s 3rd annual Assembly
inthe United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi.
China is the world’s largest energy producer, with total installed
electrical power generation capacity of 1140 GW, and is increasingly
turning to renewable energy to power its fast growing economy.
It is the world leader for installed capacity of hydro and wind power,
with 249 GW of hydro and 63 GW of wind, and is adding more hydro and
wind capacity annually than any other country. China’s installed
generating capacity of solar PV power has reached 7 GW, a tenfold
increase over two years. China is also a manufacturing powerhouse for
solar PV, wind and hydro power technology.
"The decision by China to join IRENA is a milestone in international
efforts to promote renewable energy,” said IRENA’s Director-General
Adnan Z. Amin. "I am delighted with the confidence China has shown in
IRENA and I look forward to their active participation in the global
effort for a clean energy future for all.”
For more information see www.irena.org.
Note to Editors
IRENA is mandated by 159 countries and the European Union to promote
the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, and to serve as
the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information
exchange. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first major
international organization to be headquartered in the Middle East.