The International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) is one of REN21’s most important events.

What is IREC?

 An international conference held every two years, the IREC brings together leaders and business decision makers from around the world to exchange about experiences and to learn how to drive the energy transition with renewables. Inspired by the 2004 renewables conference in Bonn, each IREC involves representatives from business, governments, civil society, science and academia all whom participate in discussions and debates – with the objective of advancing the global energy transition to renewables.

 At this international high-level policy event, REN21 invites leaders from government, the private sector and civil society to meet and discuss policies and experiences. The focus is on building collective know-how to advance renewables at the international, national and sub-national levels. The IREC is hosted by a national government and is held biennially. The next conference will take place October 2019, in Korea. For the first time in its history, the IREC will be hosted by both a country and a municipality (Seoul).

 Why is this a major event for REN21?

 At the IREC, the focus is on building on knowledge of successes and failures, seeing what opportunities innovation and cooperation can bring and how developments in one country can feed into the development of renewables regionally. Over the course of the conference issues relevant to the host country and region are discussed, from the international, national and local perspectives– engaging different speakers and participants on a variety of topics.

 When and where does it take place?

This large-scale event is an opportunity to support a national government in the development of its renewable energy development objectives. It is hosted by a national government with the support of REN21. It takes place biennially.

2019 – KIREC – South Korea

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