09 Jul 2009 12:07:05
UK joins IRENA as it appoints a new headquarters
The UK has joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental association dedicated to promoting the adoption of low-carbon energy technology.
Britain is the latest nation to become a full signatory of the group, which has been campaigning for it to commit since last November.
Along with the UK, Australia, Costa Rica, Japan and the US also signed up to the IRENA on June 29th. To date, it has some 136 member nations around the world.
While announcing the inclusion of the UK within its member ranks, the association also revealed that France's Helene Pelosse will serve as its first director general.
The IRENA is to operate out of an interim headquarters in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where it will receive $136 million (£84 million) in support from the UAE over the next six years.
Meanwhile, it has been decided that the IRENA's new technology and innovation centre will be hosted in the German city of Bonn, while an office is to be established in Vienna, Austria, to liaise with other renewable energy groups.http://www.irena.org/