The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) yesterday unveiled the “world’s first” open-access renewable energy atlas – a portal for information on resources, infrastructure and policies.
Twenty-four countries, including Belgium, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, revealed their intention to join the initiative’s 13 existing member nations at IRENA’s annual general assembly.
Nine signed up on Saturday, while a further 15 are also expected to be initiated into the project.
The atlas outlines the potential of wind and solar across the globe, and will grow to incorporate other forms of clean energy, such as biomass, hydro and geothermal, in the coming years.
“The Global Atlas provides a powerful new tool in international efforts to double the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030”, said Adnan Amin, IRENA director-general.
“With 22 countries now taking part, and more expected to join in the coming months, it is a clear sign of our growing political will to transition to clean, renewable energy.”
The atlas, which can be accessed online for free, has been described by IRENA as the “largest ever initiative to help countries assess their renewable energy potential”. Users are able to easily manipulate the platform to show as much or as little data as they wish.
The IRENA summit, held at the organisation’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi, coincides with Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013. Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, president of Masdar Institute, recently highlighted the opportunities presented by human capital in clean technology development.