International Renewable Energy Conferences

Facilitation of IRECs (International Renewable Energy Conferences)

Initiated at the renewables2004 conference in Bonn, IREC is a high level political conference series dedicated to renewable energy policy worldwide. Dedicated exclusively to the renewable energy sector, IRECs are hosted by alternate Governments every two years and convened by REN21.

Save the Date for KIREC Seoul 2019

REN21 is pleased to announce that The Republic of Korea will be the host of the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). Korea’s ambition to phase out nuclear and coal and to increase levels of renewable energy in its national energy mix were key determining factors in its selection. This IREC will be the first to be co-hosted by a national government and a municipality.

KIREC Seoul 2019 will be held 23-26 October, so make sure to save the date now! Updates on the development of KIREC Seoul 2019 will be made available here. For any questions, please contact us.


The Government of Mexico teamed up with REN21 – the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century – and organised the 7th International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC), held in Mexico City between 11-13 September 2017, within the framework of the Strategic Dialogues on the Future of Energy (DEMEX).

Read more here.

South Africa hosted the 2015 International Renewable Energy Conference

The Government of South Africa teamed up with REN21 – the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century – to organise the 2015 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

The event took place 4-7 October 2015.

Click here for more information.

IREC Selection Guidelines

IRECs act as a common platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to jointly address the goal of advancing renewable energy and has provided the impulse for several momentous initiatives over the past decade. REN21 is a lead international partner of the host country, and supports the host in planning and organising the IREC.

The following criteria are proposed for the process of selecting the host country of the International Renewable Energy Conferences (IRECs):

  • IRECs will be held every two years.
  • The location of the IREC generally alternates between a developed and developing country. Exceptions to this pattern can be made where countries do not fit neatly into either category.
  • Eligible host countries will have a demonstrated commitment to renewable energy and climate change mitigation.
  • The potential Host Government commits to continuing the International Action Programme.
  • The Host Government will have the capacity, infrastructure and resources to accommodate a high-level conference of some 2,000-5,000 participants. Small developing countries may seek partners to assist with needed financial resources
  • Governments requesting to host the IREC are expected to provide or secure travel support to enable delegates from developing countries to attend and thus ensure broad international participation.
  • To ensure continuity between the IRECs, REN21, as gatekeeper of the IRECs and lead international partner of the host country, supports the host in the planning and organization of the IREC. The Host Government agrees to provide the REN21 Secretariat with financial resources to be able to carry out this role, as well as to manage the International Action Programme.
  • Governments wishing to host the IREC will submit a bid to the REN21 Secretariat six months prior to the upcoming IREC. Bids should include the motivation for wanting to host the IREC, as well as the proposed dates and venue for the conference.
  • Bids will be reviewed by the REN21 Bureau in consultation with the Steering Committee and the selection made on a “no objection” basis.