The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just issued its second REview for Parliamentarians which compiles the latest, relevant information on renewable energy tailored to the interests of legislators. The periodic brief includes essential facts and figures on renewable energy and examples of useful best practices. It is available in English, French and Spanish. This month’s issue places a special focus on the linkages between renewable energy and the climate change challenge.
IRENA is an intergovernmental organization that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future. It is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 145 Members. The REview comes as part of IRENA’s parliamentary outreach strategy. The Agency has recently launched a series of webinars for legislators on various aspects of renewable energy, linking them to IRENA’s online resources. The first one was a live demonstration of how to use its online knowledge portal, REsource, to access and use a vast amount of information and data on renewable energy collected by IRENA. The webinar can be accessed via this link. Since last year, the Agency has been also organizing annual forums for legislators in its headquarters in Abu Dhabi on the eve of its Annual Assembly meeting. The next one will take place in mid-January 2017. More information will be available on IRENA’s website closer to the time.
Parliaments and renewable energy
Renewable energy holds considerable potential for advancing human development. Energy from renewable sources – water, wind, the sun and biomass, among others – can facilitate access to clean and safe energy for millions of people. It can boost social and economic development while contributing to addressing environmental challenges, and plays a crucial role in successfully tackling climate change. Renewable Energy How-To Guide for Parliamentarians
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.