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18/01/2018 - 19:00hs

Brazil will be part of Abu Dhabi-based agency

The country will begin the accession process to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a multilateral organization that promotes the development of sustainable energy sources.

São Paulo – The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) announced this Thursday (18) that the federal government decided to begin Brazil’s accession process to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), a multilateral organization based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. According to the ministry, the decision was taken on Wednesday (17) by the Interministerial Commission on Participation in International Agencies.

“Brazil is one of the best examples of the substantial representation of renewable energies in both electric energy grids, and I’m convinced that we can contribute a lot to the agency and its member countries,” said minister Fernando Coelho Filho, according to a ministry’s statement. “As a member country, we will be able to participate more actively of the debate on relevant issues of the international energy agenda, as well as benefit of the tools and initiatives developed by IRENA,” he added.

The 8th IRENA Assembly was held last weekend in the UAE’s capital, and, according to the ministry, had the participation of the president of Brazilian company EPE Energy Research Company, Luiz Barroso. The international organization was founded nine years ago. The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is also being held this week, with the World Future Energy Summit as the main event.

According to information by the ministry, IRENA has 152 members and 30 more countries that have filled for the accession process. “Brazil is a pioneer in a series of policies for the insertion of renewable energies that became, afterwards, a reference to many countries. Its participation in IRENA will put the country in the world’s elite regarding this new wave of discussion, exporting and importing the best knowledge on the issue,” said Luiz Barroso, according to the ministry.

IRENA supports the adoption of sustainable sources in the member countries, is a center for international cooperation and for the development of policies, technologies and financial models for the sector. Its headquarters is located in Masdar City, a venture in Abu Dhabi designed to be a 100% sustainable city. The organization promotes the use of many energy sources, such as bioenergy, hydropower and geothermal, ocean, solar and wind energies.

For MME, Brazil’s membership in the organization could encourage cooperation with countries wishing to develop, especially, bioenergy, given the Brazilian know-how in the production and use of ethanol, biodiesel and biomass. On the other hand, the country could benefit from international experiences with solar and wind energy.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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