REN21 joins the IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership (IRELP).
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – The IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership (IRELP; www.irelp.org) is pleased to announce its newest partner: the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). This new partnership builds on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and REN21, reflecting a shared vision for the widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies.
IRENA’s Director of Policy Advisory Services and Capacity Building, Hugo Lucas, commented: “To date, it is estimated that there are 5 million jobs in the renewable energy sector. In 2011 this sector accounted for 44% of new generation capacity added worldwide, with investment forecast to increase from USD 257 billion to above USD 450 billion by 2030. With these strong growth projections, new jobs and positions will emerge, requiring significantly increased numbers of qualified individuals. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) developed the ‘IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership’ (IRELP) portal to raise awareness of readily available renewable energy education and training, thereby enhancing their accessibility. The portal was created to meet the growing worldwide demand for skilled renewable energy personnel, and aims to bridge the gap between what the renewable energy market requires from applicants, and what is taught by educational systems worldwide.”
One of REN21’s central objectives is to promote and support the exchange of knowledge by providing links among knowledge bases worldwide, ensuring that knowledge gaps are successfully filled by capable organizations and individuals. REN21’s global network of contacts in the renewable energy sector will play a critical role in populating IRELP’s database and creating awareness of the IRELP platform. Both partners are confident that they can work together collaboratively and strategically to ensure that the new relationship allows each organisation to develop their respective missions fully.
REN21 Executive Secretary, Christine Lins, added: “Today more than 120 countries from all around the globe, more than half of them developing countries, have renewable energy policies and targets in place. Skilled workforce to implement the millions of projects will be a key success-factor for reaching these targets. Renewable energy will undoubtedly play a major role in the world’s future energy mix. We need to create awareness and attract the best available talents to this sector. REN21’s partnership with IRENA on IRELP will help to facilitate this.”
The IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership (IRELP), a project of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), is a central hub for renewable energy education and training materials. IRELP is comprised of a global education and training database that includes vocational training courses and tertiary degree programmes, past and upcoming webinars, a library of renewable energy training materials and an e-learning platform where users receive support through online lectures and tutorials. The IRELP platform plays a critical role in International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to promote the accelerated adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy worldwide.
REN21 is the global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors from Governments, international organizations, industry associations, science and academia as well as civil society to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy. REN21 promotes renewable energy to meet the needs of both industrialized and developing countries that are driven by climate change, energy security, development and poverty alleviation.