REN21 Secretariat


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

What is IREC?

At this international high-level policy event, REN21 invites leaders from across 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.

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. The IREC is hosted by a national government and is held biennially.

The next conference will take place October 2019, in the Republic of 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 IREC, the focus is on building on the 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, biennial 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.

Past IRECs: