China to join IRENA to drive global renewable energy development

Greentech Lead Middle East:China has announced it will join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a milestone in international efforts to double the share of renewable energy worldwide by 2030.The announcement was made at IRENA’s 3rd annual Assembly in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi. The agency currently has 160 participating states.

“China looks forward to becoming a full member of IRENA soon, as well as working alongside all countries for greater achievements in global renewable energy development,” said Liu Qi, vice-minister of the National Energy Administration of China, at the event.

China is the world’s largest energy producer, with total installed electrical power generation capacity of 1140 GW, and is increasingly turning to renewable energy to power its fast-growing economy. The country is also a world leader in terms of the use of wind, solar and hydropower.

China’s installed capacity of hydro and wind power stands at 249 GW and 63 GW respectively, and is adding more hydro and wind capacity annually than any other country. China’s installed generating capacity of solar PV power has reached 7 GW, a tenfold increase over two years. China is also a manufacturing powerhouse for solar PV, wind and hydro power technology.

“The decision by China to join IRENA is a milestone in international efforts to promote renewable energy,” said IRENA’s director-general Adnan Z. Amin. “I am delighted with the confidence China has shown in IRENA and I look forward to their active participation in the global effort for a clean energy future for all.”