IRENA AT HOME IN ABU DHABI
The press conference was held on January 17th,
2010 at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi during the
WFES Convention. In prepared remarks, Ms. Pelosse
said 500 delegates from 120 member states attended
IRENA’s third session held earlier that day to decide
on the agency’s work program and 2010 budget.
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chair of the 3rd IRENA Preparatory Commission
Session with Hélène Pelosse, Director-General of IRENA at a joint press conference.
It was disclosed at the press conference that
IRENA’s funding by member states is made voluntarily.
In answer to a question on the UAE’s
decision to pursue nuclear energy, Dr. Al
Jaber said the UAE is looking for a “balanced
IRENA and UNOPS signed an agreement for UNOPS to provide administrative, personnel, financial management and legal functions to IRENA. Ms. Pelosse said at the signing in Copenhagen, “UNOPS expertise in service provision will boost IRENA’s take-off.”
IRENA’s Third Session coincided with the Third World Foreign Energy Summit where IRENA was one of the 600 plus exhibitors. Solar power was featured prominently in this year’s WFES with over 160 of the world’s largest solar power companies exhibiting.
Twelve solar companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Munich in July 2009 to form the “Desertec Industrial Initiative Planning Company.” DII will build large scale power plants in the desert regions of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA REGION). The total investment is estimated at 400 billion euros by 2050. Fifteen percent would supply Europe with high-voltage direct current transmission technology. DII will also contribute towards improving the infrastructure and standard of living in the MENA region.
Hélène Pelosse is Interim Director-
General, International Renewable Energy
Agency (IRENA). She was the advisor in
Angela Merkel’s office during the German
presidency of the EU where she helped
adopt EU political objectives on energy efficiency,
renewable energy and GHG emissions.
Since 2007, she has served as
Deputy Head of Staff in the private office of
the French Minister for Ecology, Energy,
and Sustainable Development. On June 29,
2009 Ms. Pelosse was elected Interim
Director-General of IRENA by its member
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber was featured in the Class of 2010, World-Gen, V.22, #1, Jan/Feb 2010. Also on www.worldgen. com.