G7 Countries Task IRENA to Monitor Group’s Renewable Energy Progress

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G7 leaders tasked the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to track and monitor the group’s contribution toward the global renewable tripling target by 2030.

The target was established by the UAE Consensus last November at COP28, aligning climate ambitions with IRENA’s 1.5°C pathway, mapped out by the Agency’s World Energy Transitions Outlook.

“IRENA will respond swiftly to the request by G7 members to track the group’s progress toward the global target to triple renewable power capacity by 2030,” said IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera, who is attending the G7 Ministers’ Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment.

Citing an IRENA brief for the G7, the communiqué indicates that the group’s solar PV expansion target by 2030 is on track if some enhancements to existing policies are made in a timely manner. It notes the need for further acceleration in offshore wind deployment through enhanced and flexible policy efforts, faster permitting, and offshore grid extension.

The G7 communiqué commits the group to increase system flexibility through grid reinforcement, in line with IRENA analysis of key metrics that suggests efforts need to be accelerated. The group called for the significant expansion of energy storage capacity, by more than six-fold by 2030, from 230 GW in 2022. This falls within the range of IRENA’s recommendations for energy storage capacity by 2030.

G7 countries recognised the need to increase the group’s efforts in developing countries, committing to supporting the Accelerated Partnership for Renewable Energy in Africa (APRA). Under the auspices of APRA, Kenya and IRENA will convene the first APRA Investment Forum in September 2024 to accelerate the deployment of renewables-based energy systems and green industrialisation in APRA Member countries.

In a third IRENA brief, published at the G7 Ministers’ Meeting on Climate, Energy, and Environment, under the request of the Italian G7 Presidency, informs that the flow of public money into the African energy sector continued to decline, and the necessary conditions for low-cost finance are not in place. This must be reversed, according to the brief.

In line with these findings, IRENA recently launched a call for developers working in APRA member countries to submit projects for inclusion at the upcoming APRA Investment Forum for an opportunity to engage with financial institutions, potentially opening funding opportunities.

IRENA issued key inputs to the G7 Ministers’ Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment.

Read the three briefs here:

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