The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released its fourth REview for Parliamentarians which compiles the latest relevant information on renewable energy for legislators. The March 2017 issue is entirely dedicated to the 2017 IRENA Legislators Forum and covers in details the topics discussed and suggestions made by participants. It is currently being translated into Spanish, French and Arabic, and will be shortly accessible here.
IRENA is an intergovernmental organization mandated as a global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 145 member states. Its fourth REview comes as part of the organization's parliamentary outreach strategy and focuses on the IRENA Legislators Forum which took place on January 13th in Abu Dhabi. The latter event was a great success - it gathered parliamentarians from 15 countries and the European Union who were actively engaged in issues pertaining to renewable energy in their constituencies and, as a result, produced highly substantive and meaningful discussions.
You can check out highlights of the event here.
More on parliaments and renewable energy
The development of renewable energy cannot be achieved without political leadership. This is where the crucial role of parliaments comes in: MPs all over the world have been and will remain critical in developing legislation, overseeing government performance, securing budgetary provisions dedicated to renewable energy development, and galvanising social acceptance and support. In short, parliaments have all the levers required to create and deliver access to energy from renewable sources. All that is required is understanding, personal commitment, and political will.
The Renewable Energy How-To Guide for Parliamentarians explains in more detail how the institution's core functions can provide many different entry points for parliamentary intervention.
For more detailed guidelines and tips for parliamentary action on renewable energy, have a look at the UNDP’s Renewable Energy How-To Guide.
Written by Venelin Bochev