Mr. Gurbuz Gonul, Director, Country Support & Partnerships Division at IRENA, will speak about recent IRENA’s work and activities to inform the global energy transformation, including continuing wide- and large-scale deployment of all renewable energy technologies into a smarter electricity grid and electrification of other sectors of the economy, in particular the transportation and the heating sectors. IRENA roadmap to 2050 launched at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, in April 2019, highlighted, amongst other things, the significant role that solar energy technologies will play in achieving the transition to a low-carbon future. He will emphasize the role that innovation will play in the power system transformation to ensure integration of variable renewable energy and enabling technologies, and use of new market design and business models. He will also present IRENA recent findings on socio-economic benefits of renewable energy and the contribution to the continuing growth of our economies.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.