IRENA & RCREEE deepen collaboration on energy transition in MENA

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The UAE-headquartered International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) based in Egypt, have agreed to strengthen their collaboration on scaling up renewable energy deployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Jordan, in the line with the “MENA Europe Future Energy Dialogue”, by IRENA Director-General Mr. Francesco La Camera and RCREEE Executive Director Dr. Jauad El Kharraz.

Under the MoU, IRENA and RECREEE will partner on regional dialogues and initiatives that address the challenges, needs, and opportunities of a renewables-based energy transition in MENA countries. The agencies will also share knowledge and cooperate on building capacity in MENA countries, particularly through enabling policy and regulatory frameworks that can accelerate renewable energy adoption.

Francesco La Camera
Francesco La Camera

“The energy transition offers a must-seize opportunity for the MENA region. By taking advantage of abundant renewable energy resources, countries in the region, many of which are highly dependent on fossil fuels, can future proof their economies and chart a long-term path of sustainable economic growth for future generations.”

“Energy efficiency together with deployment of renewable energies will be key to address the climate change. The MENA region, thanks to its geographic position, can play a key role in the energy transition process. It is thus of utmost importance to cooperate in order to lead the region into a sustainable future, starting from the reinforcement of regional cooperation,” said Dr. El Kharraz.

The agreement renews an existing MoU signed by the two organizations in 2015. Since then, IRENA and RECREEE have been strategic partners working closely on multiple joint initiatives, most notably on the Pan-Arab Clean Energy Initiative (PACE) which identified a series of actions to increase renewable energy investments in the region.

Through the new agreement, the agencies will introduce new areas of cooperation and adapt existing collaborative activities to recent challenges facing the development of renewable energy in the region.

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