China is ready to join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in promoting the use of renewable energy, a Chinese energy official said on January 16, 2016.
Liu Qi, deputy director of China’s National Energy Board, made the remarks at the opening session of the sixth annual IRENA assembly that started here on that day, where minister and officials of more than 150 countries and organizations gather.
He said China is willing to work with the IRENA, a UN affiliate, and its members in technology exchanges and industrial cooperation so as to expand the share of renewable energy in overall global consumption.
“China is also ready to help the less-developed countries and regions in all ways to better develop and use renewable sources of energy,” he told the two-day meeting.
According to Adnan Z. Amin, the IRENA Director-General, achieving a 36 percent share of renewable energy in the global economy by 2030 would increase the global gross domestic product by 1.1 percent to 1.3 trillion U.S. Dollars.
Employment, said Amin, would also increase from the 9.2 million jobs in the renewable energy sector to more than 24 jobs by 2030.
Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that is collected from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy provides substantial benefits for our climate, our health, and our economy.
IRENA was founded in 2009, and assembles 144 member states along with the European Union. Notable non-member states are Canada, Brazil and Ukraine. With a mandate from countries around the world, IRENA encourages governments to adopt enabling policies for renewable energy investments, provides practical tools and policy advice to accelerate renewable energy deployment, and facilitates knowledge sharing and technology transfer to provide clean, sustainable energy for the world’s growing population.
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