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Germany : IRENA Director-General visits Germany.

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin met Germany s Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Peter Altmaier, to discuss IRENA s activities, the global promotion of renewable energy and the transformation of the German energy system.

The meeting on 27 August came as part of the Director-General s first official visit to Germany, where he addressed the annual Ambassadors Conference at the Foreign Office. Along with highlighting IRENA s role, Mr Amin engaged in discussions on European common energy policy, global energy investment needs and how Germany can continue pioneering the deployment of renewables worldwide.

The German government decided in June 2011 to fundamentally transform the country s energy system in order to enter the age of renewables and energy efficiency, with power supply to be generated primarily from renewables by 2050.

Mr Amin welcomed these positive policy steps, which he saw as consistent with strong German support for IRENA. It is here in Germany that almost 20 years ago the passionate call for the creation of an international institution for renewable energy was made. IRENA was eventually established in 2009 with a mandate to promote the widespread and increased adoption, and the sustainable use, of all forms of renewable energy worldwide. As of today, we have over 160 participating countries, giving the organization a broad membership base with a wealth of comparative insights and relevant expertise, he said.

Mr Altmaier said: Germany is one of the pioneers in the global switch to renewable energies. We must improve coordination and cooperation of this process, especially among those countries that are in the vanguard of the transformation of energy systems. This is why IRENA is so important for us as the voice, hub and advisory resource in the global energy revolution.

The IRENA Director-General also met with the Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, and the Minister for Economics and Technology, Philipp RE[micro]sler, as well as the directors of German ministries involved in energy system transformation. Mr Amin also discussed European and global energy transformation with GE-nther Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy.

At a business leaders conference hosted by the Newspaper Handelsblatt, Mr Amin told the German business and industry community about the new organisation s work. IRENA s focus is on finding practical solutions and getting the momentum of renewable energy investment moving fast, he said.

Mr Amin also described the virtuous cycle making renewables increasingly viable in a competitive energy market. The deployment of renewables, encouraged by supportive policies to overcome the barriers, is leading to significant cost declines.

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