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IRENA calls for accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources

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In a statement, the coalition notes that by placing renewables at the center of post-COVID-19 economic recovery, governments can maintain economic resilience while meeting global climate goals.

IRENA calls for accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) has teamed up with over 100 leading renewable energy players, members of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Coalition, to urge governments around the world to step up their efforts to meet the global climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement.

The IRENA Coalition has brought together the largest renewable energy users around the world with a common goal of using clean energy. IRENA will facilitate global public-private dialogue to develop measures to increase the share of renewable sources in the global energy system and accelerate the global transition.

In a statement, the coalition notes that by placing renewable energy at the center of economic recovery from COVID-19, governments will be able to maintain economic resilience while meeting global climate targets. It is worth noting that this statement is in line with the previous general call to action, published in April 2020, and is fully consistent with the IHA's recommendations to governments and international financial institutions on the need to adopt the necessary economic packages aimed at increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy system.

In an effort to ensure that investments are redirected to renewable energies, IRENA is urging all governments to change their priorities by re-evaluating incentive measures to ensure environmental recovery in line with global climate targets. In addition, the coalition calls for prioritizing renewable energy as a key pillar of industrial policy and for strengthening international cooperation to overcome the crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, while recognizing renewable energy as a key part.

“Green Economic Incentive Packages represent the best opportunity in history to take a step towards a clean energy transition. Hydropower is at the heart of this transition, both through the direct provision of clean energy and the flexibility and storage of variable renewable energy sources. The 850 GW of new hydropower capacity needed by 2050 to meet the Paris Agreement targets will invest US $ 1.7 trillion in hydropower and create about 600,000 skilled jobs over the next decade, ”said IHA CEO Eddie Rich.

It is worth noting that IHA is also one of 100 participants participating in IRENA's other Hydropower Framework Initiative, a forum initiated by the Swiss government to tackle pressing issues and exploit the potential for hydropower development and a fast transition to a clean world. energy.

In particular, IRENA called for an increase in annual investments in hydropower (excluding pumped storage plants) by 150% - from 22 to 55 billion US dollars annually until 2030. IRENA recommends investing an additional 16 billion US dollars annually for the development of pumped storage plants.

In addition, last month, the IHA and the US Department of Energy launched a global initiative involving 11 governments and more than 70 organizations to address the world's need for clean, reliable shunting capacity. So, over the next year, the partners of the International Forum on the Development of Pumped Storage Plants will exchange best practices and agree on proposals for increasing the number of new pumped storage power plants, as well as look for ways to improve the sustainability and efficiency of existing ones.

Recall that the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has identified a list of priority investment projects for the state for the period until 2023, which includes a number of promising projects of Ukrhydroenergo. Among them are the construction of the Kakhovska HPP-2, the Kanevskaya PSPP and the third stage of the Dnestrovskaya PSPP consisting of 5-7 hydroelectric units, the installation of hybrid systems for the production of electricity by Ukrhydroenergo, as well as the second stage of the company's HPP reconstruction.

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