International Renewable Energy Agency elects Adnan Amin as new Director General

The election came the day before the opening of IRENA’s first general assembly, and marks the final stage of the establishment of IRENA at a critical time in the global debate on the future of energy. Mr. Amin beat his Spanish rival, former State Secretary Pedro Marin, by a vote of 76-36.

“With Adnan Amin as Director General, IRENA will get off to a running start,” said Steve Sawyer, GWEC’s Secretary General. “He has the experience and the knowledge necessary for IRENA to play a key role in transforming the global energy supply into a system based on clean, renewable energy, thereby building new industries, and consigning the polluting and dangerous technologies of the 19th and 20th centuries to the dustbins in which they belong.”

In outlining his future vision for IRENA, Director-General designate Adnan Amin said, “In 5 years time, IRENA should be the hallmark in terms of renewable energy information, technology cooperation and facilitation, setting the standards that will facilitate the uptake of renewable energy globally.”

Today’s decision will be formally confirmed in the first formal session of the IRENA general assembly which opens tomorrow morning, on 4 April 2011.

As the trade association representing the global wind power industry, GWEC is committed to forging a close working relationship with IRENA, and the Council looks forward to working in close cooperation with Adnan Amin and his team to achieve our common goals.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was officially established in 2009, and its statutes have to date been signed by 148 states and the European Union, including 48 African, 38 European, 35 Asian, 17 American and 10 Australia/Oceania States.

IRENA will promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms or renewable energy. Acting as the global voice for renewable energies, IRENA will facilitate access to all relevant renewable energy information, including technical data, economic data and renewable resource potential data. IRENA will share experiences on best practices and lessons learned regarding policy frameworks, capacity-building projects, available finance mechanisms and renewable energy related energy efficiency measures.