Renewable Energy Network Century 21 (REN21) is a global policy network that provides a forum for international leadership on renewable energy. Its goal is to bolster policy development for the rapid expansion of renewable energies in developing and industrialised economies. REN21 connects governments, international institutions, non-governmental organisations, industry associations, and other initiatives. REN21, based in Paris, is a strategic and technical partner of IDE-E. It has committed to support the policy processes in Africa, based on its worldwide network and its expertise in promoting RE and EE development at a local level (see REN21-ICLEI’s Web portal). Since 2010 it has engaged in a technical dialogue with IDE-E on how to strengthen capacities and provide the conditions for local RE/EE promotion in developing countries.
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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was officially established in Bonn on 26 January 2009. To Date 148 states and the European Union signed the Statute of the Agency; amongst them are 48 African, 38 European, 35 Asian, 17 American and 10 Australia/Oceania States. Mandated by these governments worldwide, IRENA will promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms or renewable energy. Acting as the global voice for renewable energies, IRENA will facilitate access to all relevant renewable energy information, including technical data, economic data and renewable resource potential data. IRENA will share experiences on best practices and lessons learned regarding policy frameworks, capacity-building projects, available finance mechanisms and renewable energy related energy efficiency measures.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an autonomous organisation, based in Paris, France, which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. Founded in response to the 1973/4 oil crisis, the IEA’s initial role was to help countries co-ordinate a collective response to major disruptions in oil supply through the release of emergency oil stocks to the markets. While this continues to be a key aspect of its work, the IEA has evolved and expanded. It is at the heart of global dialogue on energy, providing authoritative and unbiased research, statistics, analysis and recommendations.
The World Energy Council (WEC) is the foremost multi-energy organisation in the world today. WEC has Member Committees in nearly 100 countries, including most of the largest energy-producing and energy consuming countries. Established in 1923, the organisation covers all types of energy, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, and renewables. WEC is a UK-registered charity headquartered in London. Its mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all people. WEC is governed by the Executive Assembly and has a board of trustees (Officers Council) and three Standing Committees, Communications & Outreach, Programmes and Studies.