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  • ESI-AFRICA

    Established in 1996, ESI Africa has become the leading provider of information relating to the African electricity and energy industry, delivering news to the continent and beyond.

    Published quarterly in March, June, September and December, ESI Africa is distributed to over 5000 decision makers within the African power industry, providing information and updates on innovations and product developments.

    Editorial content includes generation, transmission and distribution issues, while also exploring the role of alternative energy sources in providing a comprehensive and sustainable energy mix. In addition to the provision and distribution of energy to end-users, the editorial provides information on various aspects of the energy usage, such as demand side management (DSM), energy efficiency and policy issues that will affect the continent. Regional focuses and profiles on countries, utilities and big industry provide an overall view of the use of power on the African continent and serve to encourage information sharing amongst utilities and countries.

    The host publication at a number of industry events, such as the West African Power Industry Convention (WAPIC), Eastern African Power Industry Convention (EAPIC), Southern Africa Power Industry Power Convention (SAPIC), Northern African Power Industry Convention and African Utility Week (AUW), ESI Africa provides extensive pre and post event coverage. In addition, ESI Africa is media partner in a number of other related events, both on the African continent and in Europe.

    ESI Africa is an official publication for a number of industry associations, including the Commission on Illumination (CIE), the Power Institute for East and Southern Africa (PIESA), the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE), the South African National Energy Association (SANEA), the Union of Producers, Distributors and Conveyors of Electrical Power in Africa (UPDEA) and the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA).

    ESI Africa provides regular updates and information to a dynamic and ever changing industry.

    The web site has an archive of back editions, news flashes and signups for a monthly electronic newsletter. The web site hosts an average of 200 user sessions each day.

    Innovative marketing solutions, attendance at key industry events, an active web site, a subscription electronic newsletter and the organisation of regular power events, position ESI Africa as the leading marketing tool for companies involved in the African power industry.

  • Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA)
    Outgoing url: http://www.geda.co.za

    In a very real sense, as Gauteng goes, so goes the South African economy. But Gauteng is more than the business hub of South Africa. It is, indeed, where Africa’s business starts. So, naturally, Gauteng is the first place that potential investors look for business opportunities. Gauteng has the highest per capita income and the highest per capita disposable income in the country. It is the home of the major mining houses, banks, law firms and accounting companies in South Africa –to mention just a few of its business advantages.

    The Gauteng government subscribes whole heartedly to the national objective of creating an enabling environment for business. The Gauteng government knows that new investment – foreign or domestic – enriches the province.

    On the organisation chart, GEDA is an agency of the Department of Economic Development. Like the other agencies of the department, GEDA is mandated to implement approved departmental policies designed to grow the economy, attract investment and develop sustainable social-economic infrastructure. In particular, GEDA’s responsibility is to implement policies in the areas of economic production, investment and trade. Its mission is to promote economic growth, encourage new investment and maximise opportunities for skills transfer and job creation.

    But GEDA is much more than a box on an organisational chart. It is a team of talented, dedicated people who believe in what they are doing and in the importance of making goals and objectives a reality. The GEDA philosophy is ‘roll up the red tape and roll out the red carpet’. This is the reason that the first stop for the serious minded business representative is the GEDA head office in Johannesburg. GEDA Vision"An agency of distinction that drives sustainable economic growth and development for the Gauteng Global City Region"GEDA Mission"To be a strategic partner that facilitates, implements and manages appropriate programmes and projects through agency methods and processes to: - Implement economic growth and development strategies - Provide support and capacity to the province and municipalities in economic development, investment and trade promotion – both locally and internationally - Brand and market Gauteng province and its municipal areas as a Globally Competitive City Region "

  • Government Digest

    Profile
    Government Digest is a monthly, independent South African publication.  Its primary focus is that of continual dissemination of information to the entire spectrum of national, provincial and local government, and the disciplines they represent.  Digest has been targeting decision-makers in government since 1981 and is now in its 28th year of existence.

    The magazine anchors its editorial focus at  local government level, at the face of service delivery to the community.  Government Digest covers legislation, policy programmes, projects and initiatives from national and provincial governments aimed at supporting and improving local government’s ability to carry out its developmental mandate.  It carries news and profiles of a range of NGOs, agencies, associations and institutions that have a role to play in supporting local government.

    Readership
    With an editorial content neither controversial nor political, the publication sees its role as that of educator.    Its core readers in national government are members of the president's office, cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, chief directors, directors general, heads of departments in transport, communications, water affairs, health, social development, minerals and energy, safety and security, finance, housing and trade and industry among others.

    Provincial readership includes the premiers in each of the nine provinces, MEC's and decision-makers in local government, agriculture, housing, health, finance and economic development, education, transport, roads and public works, land affairs, environmental affairs, sports and culture, social development and safety and security.

    Municipal readership consists of distribution to 283 municipalities throughout South Africa.  At local level, mayors, councillors, municipal managers and engineers, financial officers and directors of roads, transport, housing, landfill management, information technology, construction, water and sanitation, public safety, education and electricity are among the regular readership.

    As part of its growth and the regional need for information on governmental level, Government Digest has now  ventured into the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

    All aspects of management, development, economic growth and investment in the region are addressed in order to facilitate a bridge of information between the separate states, governments and other stakeholders in the region.

    Readership in the private sector includes the top 500 listed companies in South Africa, consulting, civil, structural and municipal engineers, as well as Black Economic Empowerment compliant companies and  organisations that deal with government.  Approximately 250 NGOs subscribe and there are some 1 000 subscribers in the private sector. The distribution figure is 5 000 and readership is 25 000, based on a five-to-one pass-on readership estimate.

    As part of its terms-of-reference, Government Digest covers a multitude of topics, which offer readers insight into issues relating to governments. Regular features such as finance, fleet management, event management, housing, waste management, electricity and water, waste water, sanitation, risk management, security, construction and roads and information technology in government are a few of the topics the magazine offers that are of interest to government departments, with emphasis on local government. The infrastructural build-up to the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup is now an integral part of  the publication.

    Government Digest offers your organisation the ideal medium to communicate and advertise your products and services to decision-makers within governments in South Africa and the SADC region. Participating companies are viewed as serious and credible stakeholders that wish to participate in government's quest for optimum delivery enhancement of its services.

  • Green Building Council of South Africa
    Outgoing url: http://www.gbcsa.org.za

    A green building is a building which is energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible- which incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and its occupants. Building green is an opportunity to use resources efficiently and address climate change while creating healthier and more productive environments for people to live and work in.
     
     
    What is Green building
    Vision & Mission
    Rationale
    Board Members
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    On a practical level, this encompasses the use of design, materials and technology to reduce energy and resource consumption and create improved human and natural environments. Specific green building measures include careful building design to reduce heat loads, maximise natural light and promote the circulation of fresh air; the use of energy-efficient air-conditioning and lighting; the use of environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials; the reduction of waste, and the use of recycled materials; water-efficient plumbing fittings and water harvesting; the use of renewable energy sources; and sensitivity with regard to the impact of the development on the environment.
     

    The Green Building Council of South Africa will lead the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that all buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way that will allow South Africans to work and live in healthy, efficient and productive environments.


    To promote, encourage and facilitate green building in the South African property and construction industry through market-based solutions, by:

    •Promoting the practice of green building in the commercial property industry
    •Facilitating the implementation of green building practice by acting as a resource centre,
    •Enabling the objective measurement of green building practices by developing and operating a green building rating system, and
    •Improving the knowledge and skills base of green building in the industry by enabling and offering training and education

  • IMIESA
    Outgoing url: http://www.3smedia.co.za

    IMIESA
    Promoting service delivery and the knowledge and practice of infrastructure development in Africa

    IMIESA is the award-winning magazine of the Institute of Municipal Engineers of Southern Africa (IMESA). It promotes the knowledge and practice of infrastructure development in the southern African region. This 32-year-old publication has become the essential companion of the engineering industry.

    IMIESA is the winner of the 2006, 2005, 2001 and 1999 Sappi PICA Award in the Civil Construction, Building and Infrastructural Development category. In 2008 Imiesa won the CESA award for publishing excellence. Writers for the title have also won the Mondi Award for Excellence in Journalism.

    The magazine promotes engineering partnerships between the public and the private sectors, for the benefit of all role players. It provides readers with the latest in industry news and project information, keeping them abreast of developments in the field. Magazine content is driven by the information needs of engineers, managers, planners and those who execute government strategies. It focuses on local government activities and public works, management structures, public-private partnerships and municipal service delivery.

    IMIESA is a must-have publication for anyone interested in local government projects, or for public officials who need to be informed of current developments at IMESA. It also serves the information needs of municipal, civil and consulting engineers and those in related disciplines.

  • Impact Choice

    We provide turnkey environmental sustainability solutions based on easy-to-understand interventions. From carbon emissions measurement and reduction through efficiency, carbon offsets, and renewable energy trading, we deliver verifiable results that can boost your bottom line and increase shareholder value.

    We deliver on the promise of Green. Transparent and certified.

    The grass really is greener on our side.

    impactChoice is simplifying the path to environmental sustainability through carbon-neutral solutions that deliver tangible results.

    Our company ethos is a principled and transparent approach to improving the quality of life on our planet through reducing emissions and achieving carbon neutrality. We allow our corporate customers and partners to make environmental sustainability goals a reality, and in the process, help them build trust and credibility with their own customers, employees, and shareholders.

    Our executive team shares equal passion for technology and the environment. It's this combination of creating innovative technology solutions that can potentially reverse the trend of climate change that gets us out of bed in the morning.

  • Indalo Yethu

    Indalo Yethu is a legacy project, an independent trust of the South African Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. It functions as an endorsement brand promoting greening and eco-friendly practices as a way of life. Its origins lie in the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in South Africa in 2002.

    The primary objective of Indalo Yethu is to reinforce the notion of environmental conscious living within the context of the country’s economic and social development programmes whose interventions will be reinforced by an extensive mass communications campaign as well as outreach programmes. Indalo Yethu wants to draw attention to responsible environmental living as this is a crucial ingredient in South Africa’s drive to realise its stated objectives of a better life for all, ensuring that benefits derived can be enjoyed by present and future generations. This will be achieved by programmes built on a two pronged approach:

    Endorsement Program: Developing an Endorsement Brand that will link and become an umbrella for environmentally responsible or focussed programmes and projects that links economic growth and social development. This will include developing and implementing a public awareness and mass media campaign that will bring about this awareness. Every endorsed project will get the “butterfly” stamp of approval, making its environmentally friendly foundations evident for all to see.
    Education and Awareness: Promoting and encouraging responsible environmental activities through institutional support for focussed actions, programmes and projects.

     

    Our Mandate
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    Status: Achievements to date
    Stakeholder Map of Indalo Yethu Local and International
    Corporate Governance
    Strategic Plan: Focus areas for 2008

  • Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA)
    Outgoing url: http://www.imesa.org.za

    Its primary objective is to promote the interests of its members and the development of professional knowledge and skills in order to empower its members to promote service excellence on local, provincial, national and international level. It aims to better the quality of life of all citizens through infrastructure engineering excellence and innovation.
     
    Since its formation in 1962, IMESA has grown to represent over 600 individual members and many companies from several countries in Southern Africa who are involved in the field of municipal engineering and the built environment. It has played a significant role in municipal engineering, acting as a catalyst to share and develop new initiatives. Municipalities are key role players in identifying, prioritising, funding and implementing integrated development planning and community based programmes. The Institution also advises municipal councils on municipal engineering matters and serves the broader community through representation on a number of bodies where it provides input from the municipal engineer's perspective.
    IMIESA Journal
    Members of IMESA are granted free subscription to the IMIESA Journal, a high quality monthly publication that serves as a mouthpiece for the engineering fraternity. It disseminates up-to-date information on technical news and developments. The IMIESA Journal has received the prestigious PICA award for the best journal in 1999 and 2001, in the Urban Management, Civil Construction and Infrastructural Development Categories.

    Bursary Scheme
    IMESA has established a bursary scheme for full-time studies in the field of civil engineering for students from designated groups as well as dependants of members of IMESA.

    VISION

    To advance sustainable public infrastructure by fostering appropriate technologies, enabling members' careers and promoting communities.

    MISSION

    The Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) promotes the engineering process of creating, developing, integrating, sharing and applying knowledge about infrastructure engineering and asset management for the benefit of communities and the profession.

  • Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA)
    Outgoing url: http://www.iwmsa.co.za

    We contribute to the improvement of waste management standards and legislation, support international, national and regional trends in best environmental practices; promote the science and technology of waste management and practice affordable cost effective management of waste. Education and training in the realm of effective and efficient waste management is also a key focus for us.
    About IWMSA
    When the IWMSA was established over 30 years ago, it was the vision of the founders to provide South Africa with a clean and healthy environment. Today this is still the very core of the organisation.

    Vision & Mission 
    Vision
    To strive towards a clean and healthy environment.

    Mission

    The IWMSA is committed to protecting the environment and people of Southern Africa through sustainable environmental best practice options, which include:

    •Contributing to the improvement of waste management standards and legislation
    •Supporting international, national  and regional, trends in best environmental practices
    •Promoting the science and technology of  waste management
    •Practicing affordable cost effective waste management
    •Educating and promoting sustainable environmental best practices
    History
    The IWMSA was started in September 1976 by five solid waste managers. The catalyst for the formation of this body was for the concern that these far-sighted individuals felt for the following issues:

    •The lack of national attention to Solid Waste Management
    •The inability of both private and public bodies to work together on waste problems
    •The lack of training and education for anyone interested in fields relating to Waste Management

    Milestones over the years
    •1976 – IWMSA launched
    •1978 – Minister of Environmental Affairs accepted office of Patrcon
    •1980 – Recognised by the United Municipal Executive
    •1980 – Launched first waste management training course
    •1980 – Launched first national waste management magazine
    •1980 – Launch of first bi-annual congress
    •1981 – Elected to the International Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Association in Paris
    •1992 – Expanded into neighbouring countries (Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe)
    •1996 – Formation of the first Interest group - Landfill Interest Group (other Interest groups followed: Waste Minimisation and Recycling, Collections and Transport as well as Health Care)
    •2000 – First female President elected
    •2000 – Introduction of presidential elections for President and Vice-President (later replaced by Vice-Presidential elections only)
    •2006 – First black president
     
    A Brief History of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa by Koos Richter, Ray Lombard and Piet Theron
    RANDBURG September 1976... A group of five solid waste managers held the inaugural meeting of an organisation that was, later, to become ‘The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa.’ The catalyst for the formation of this body was the concern that these far-sighted individuals felt for the following issues: -

    - The lack of national attention to Solid Waste Management;
    - The inability of both private and public bodies to work in concert on the problems of waste;
    - The dearth of either academic or technical training for anyone interested in fields relating to Waste Management.

    It is interesting to note that these concerns are still core issues in this Institute’s list of priorities!

    RANDBURG October 1976... A one day seminar was arranged by the Anti-Litter Campaign Committee of the Randburg Town Council on refuse removal and the problems associated with littering.  This turned out to be more of a success than the organisers had foreseen. “The attendance of 150 Cleansing Officers and Municipal Officials from the Transvaal, O.F.S., and some from as far afield as the Cape and Natal, is an indication of the high level of interest in this subject.” (Municipal Engineer – November/December 1976).   East Rand Plastics sponsored the morning tea, Polycrate provided an excellent lunch for all delegates and Leyland supplied the cocktails at the end of the day.

    At the end of the day an Association for Cleansing Officers was established.  As many as 60 people joined and Mr Koos Richter was elected as Chairman.  Mr Richter stated that he was very pleased that people in this field have at last come together to discuss methods and systems and to solve problems, as the Cleansing Departments have always been considered as a Cinderella with the municipalities. He indicated that “subjects such as what equipment to use in a particular case, dumping sites, labour problems, how to keep the towns clean, the litter problem, solid waste removal etc. will be discussed during the meetings of the Association.”

    RANDBURG November 1977... A second highly successful seminar was held at the Ferndale Recreation Centre in Randburg.  It was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Planning and the Environment, the Hon. Punt Janson.  200 delegates attended this meeting.  Members of the emerging private waste contracting sector joined and Dr Peter Scott of Waste-tech (Pty) Ltd became actively involved.  The Association underwent its first name change to that of the Institute of Solid Waste Management (ISWM).  This name was chosen to differentiate this body from the Institute of Water Pollution Control (IWPC) – the latter grew into the present day Water Institute of South Africa (WISA).  Under the influence of Mr Jack Lawrence, the first constitution borrowed heavily from that of the United Kingdom’s Institute of Wastes Management.

    (insert by Louis Germishuys) The Western Cape branch held their first seminar and equipment exhibition of what was then The Institute of Solid Waste Management at the Good Hope Centre in around 1977 (Louis was on the committee and organised the exhibition ). The delegates did not include one consultant nor any professionals and consisted of waste managers, supervisors etc mainly from municipalities and a few contractors such as Wasteaway (Rubbish Removers), Purle Industrial Waste (Waste Tech) and a sprinkling of equipment suppliers (Duncanmech represented by Louis Germishuys), Macnay (Chris Munro), Trolley and Bin, Akura, F A Poole, Oddies Bodies from P E and a few others. The W Cape chairman was Arthur Blumenthal . Over all participants had what they thought was a very successful get together.

    Two years after the founding of the Institute the Minister of Environmental Affairs accepted the office of Patron of the Institute and this Department, together with the Department Water Affairs, have maintained a long and fruitful relationship with this organisation ever since.  In 1980 the United Municipal Executive, the forerunner of the present day “local government organisation” in South Africa, recognised the ISWM.  ISWM was elected to the International Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Association in Paris in 1981 and has had an on-off relationship with ISWA ever since.

    ISWM pioneered training courses in solid waste management in 1980, launched the first national magazine on waste management, established standards for mechanical equipment and worked closely with Dr Graham Noble of the CSIR in the establishment of a national waste data bank.  Initially ISWM managed seminars on an annual basis but this changed to the present day format of biannual Congresses in 1980 and the name WasteCon was first used in 1990.  At that time, Piet Theron, was responsible for organising the first parallel session format was employed in an attempt to address the ever-widening multi-faceted nature of the waste manager’s field of interest and everyone, at that time, thought he was over ambitiously nuts!

    1992... the Institute changed its name to that of the Institute of Waste Management (IWM) and again in 2000 to that of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) when expansion into the Southern African Development Community was initiated by the establishment of the Botswana Chapter.  Subsequently waste management pioneers in Zambia and Zimbabwe have founded chapters.  IWMSA is now an organisation that uniquely represents the interests of waste professionals in Southern Africa.

    1994... Peter Novella proposed a motion at the AGM  to allow the formation of what came to be known as Specialist Interest Groups. This was an initiative of the membership of the Western Cape driven by Peter Novella, Bill Ross, Annette Naude and Mary Chettle. There was much opposition from certain members, including Council members. It was finally accepted due to the support of the President of the time Jarrod Ball. The first interest group was the Landfill Interest group started in 1996 in Cape Town. These groups are thought to have changed the face of the IWMSA.

    The role of the private sector in the affairs of the Institute has grown over the years as has the co-operation between government and waste managers at all levels of civil society. 

    The list of presidents makes interesting reading….

    Founding President - Koos Richter (Randburg) – 1976/1980
    Gys du Plessis (Kempton Park) – 1980/1982
    Stan Verrier (Johannesburg) – 1982/1984
    Jack Lawrence (Port Elizabeth) – 1984/1986
    Ton de Bruin (Cape Town) – 1986/1988
    Ray Byrne (Bedfordview) – 1988/1990
    Ray Lombard (Waste-tech (Pty) Ltd) – 1990/1992
    Piet Theron (Johannesburg) – 1992/1994
    Jarrod Ball (Jarrod Ball & Associates) – 1994/1996
    Peter Davies (Kaytech (Pty) Ltd) – 1996/1998
    Ian Hopewell (EnviroServ Holdings Limited) – 1998/2000
    June Lombard (Lombard de Mattos & Associates) – 2000/2002
    Peter Novella (Cape Metropolitan Council) – 2002/-2004
    Hendrik Neethling (Pretoria) – 2004-2006
    Shirleigh Strydom (Durban) - 2006-2008
    Vincent Charnley (Gauteng) – 2008-2010

    Today... the Institute has members of several differentiated categories, spanning the length and breadth of Southern Africa, whilst providing a forum for interaction and synergy between waste generators and the organisations having to manage waste.  During the 33 year of its existence, the Institute has shown itself to be a learned society, an effective catalyst, well able to express the view of its members – and society – in terms of controls.

  • International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
    Outgoing url: http://www.irena.org/

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was officially established in Bonn on 26 January 2009. To  Date 142 states and the European Union signed the Statute of the Agency; amongst them are 48 African, 37 European, 33 Asian, 15 American and 9 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.

    With the establishment of the  Preparatory Commission, the Agency began work the day after the Founding Conference on 27 January 2009. The Preparatory Commission consists of IRENA’s Signatory States and acts as the interim body during the founding period. The Commission will be dissolved after entry into force of the Statute, which will occur upon the 25th deposit of an instrument of ratification. The Agency will then consist of an Assembly, a Council, and a Secretariat.

    On its second session in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, which took place from 29-30 June 2009, the Preparatory Commission designated Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, as the interim headquarters. At the same time it was decided that the other two applicants will also take part in the further establishment of the Agency. Bonn will host IRENA’s centre of innovation and technology and Vienna will become the Agency’s liaison office for cooperation with other organisations active in the field of renewable energy. Ms. Hélène Pelosse was appointed to become the Interim Director-General of IRENA.

    On its third session on 17 January 2010 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Signatories discussed IRENA’s Work Programme and Budget for the year 2010 and adopted important rules and regulations that will shape and guide the work of the Agency in the future.

    Background

    Energy is a basic human need. Without energy, everything would come to a standstill.  A necessary factor in fostering human development and economic growth is a secure, affordable, reliable, clean, and sustainable energy supply. Today we face monumental challenges: global warming, the waning of natural resources, explosions in population growth, increasing energy demand, rising energy prices, and unequal distribution of energy sources. All of these factors contribute to the urgent need to transform the energy sector - which primarily relies on fossil fuels - to one that uses renewable energies and energy efficient measures.

    Renewable energy is one of the key solutions to the current challenges facing the world’s energy future. Many countries already foster the production and use of renewable energy through different approaches on a political and economic level because they recognise the many benefits renewable energy provides. The current use of renewable energy, however, is still limited in spite of its vast potential. The obstacles are manifold and include: lengthy permitting procedures, import tariffs and technical barriers, insecure financing of renewable energy projects, and insufficient awareness of the opportunities for renewable energy.This is where IRENA can play a role. A major task of the Agency is to develop comprehensive solutions to the above-mentioned challenges, such as fostering all types of renewable energy and to consider various renewable energy policies at the local, regional, and national levels. In fulfilling its work, IRENA considers specific environmental, economic, and socio-cultural conditions of its Members. The active involvement of stakeholders from the energy industry, academia, civil society, and other institutions is very important for the Agency to implement successful and enduring policy solutions. Therefore, it intends to regularly consult and cooperate with organisations and networks already engaged in the field of renewable energy in order to complement and pool their work resources, thus creating added value.

    Vision and Mission of IRENA

    Vision

    The world’s vast renewable energy resources remain largely untapped. With the global population projected to reach 10 billion in 2050, abundant renewable energy sources worldwide can make a significant contribution to the world’s growing demand for energy. Recognising the huge potential of renewable energy, IRENA’s Member States have joined together to establish an international organisation dedicated to facilitating the rapid development and deployment of renewable energy worldwide.

    IRENA believes that renewable energy use must, and will increase dramatically in the coming years, because of its key role in

      -    enhancing energy security
      -    reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change
      -    alleviating energy poverty
      -    supporting sustainable development, and
      -    boosting economic growth.

    IRENA’s vision is for a world where modern and effective renewable energy is accessible in all countries and becomes one of the major energy sources.

    For a world, where renewable energy technologies are widely deployed and are seen as one of the key energy solutions of the future by all countries.

    A world, where the communities currently without reliable energy supply can rely on renewable energy as the base for their economic and social development.

    Mission

    Mandated by governments worldwide, IRENA’s mission is to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. IRENA’s Member States pledge to advance renewables in their own national policies and programs, and to promote, both domestically and through international cooperation, the transition to a sustainable and secure energy supply.

    IRENA’s work is guided by the principles of

      -    international cooperation between Member States and related stakeholders
      -    dedication to assisting its Members to harness their renewable energy potential
      -    accessibility of all the Agency’s services, bearing in mind the special needs of developing countries
      -    active participation of all its Members in IRENA’s decision making processes
      -    striving for excellence in all the services produced by the organization
      -    efficiency and transparency in delivering the organisation’s services, and
      -    adding value to what is already being done by existing organisations in the field of renewable energy.

    IRENA aims to become the leading international centre of excellence for renewable energy and a platform for exchange and development of renewable energy knowledge. Once achieved, IRENA will become the global voice for renewable energy. 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.


    Action

    According to its Statute, IRENA will

        -  Collect renewable energy related information and knowledge, and analyse and disseminate current  renewable  energy practices, including policies and incentives, available technologies, and examples of best operational practice.
        -  Foster international exchanges about renewable energy policy and its framework conditions.
        -  Provide relevant policy advice and assistance.
        -  Improve renewable energy knowledge that facilitates technology transfer and promotes the development of local capacity and competence.
        -  Promote capacity building services such as training and education.
        -  Provide information and advice on the financing mechanisms available for renewable energy projects.
        -  Stimulate and encourage research (including on socio-economic issues), by fostering research networks to undertake joint research,  development and deployment of technologies.
        -  Provide information about the development and deployment of national and international technical standards in relation to renewable energy, based on a sound understanding through an active presence in the relevant fora, and
        -  Disseminate knowledge and information and increase public awareness on the benefits and potential offered by renewable energy.

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