IRENA and GGGI Sign Agreement to Advance Energy Transformation and Green Growth

Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 18 – The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to cooperate on advancing renewable energy in pursuit of green growth, sustainable development and a climate-resilient low-carbon future. The MoU was signed by Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of IRENA and Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of GGGI.

“The MoU we signed today will serve as the foundation for collaborative efforts to address areas of common interest between the two organizations, with the objective of supporting countries in their transition to a low-carbon and sustainable future. GGGI’s Member countries are committed to transforming their economies to a model of green economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive,” said Dr. Frank Rijsberman, Director-General of GGGI.

“The energy transformation enables low-carbon growth, stimulating job creation, delivering socio-economic benefits and offering economic opportunity to citizens and communities all over the world,” said IRENA Director-General, Adnan Z. Amin. “As we look to accelerate the deployment of renewables in line with climate objectives, this agreement will enhance the ability of both organizations to strengthen their country-level engagement.”

For the last couple of years, GGGI has been interacting and engaging with IRENA to facilitate the mutual objectives of promoting energy transformation and green growth. With an increasing interest on the importance of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation processes in achieving the objectives, the two organizations began to pay greater attention to possible avenue of collaboration on the area of renewable energy transition.

Under the MoU, GGGI and IRENA will work closely across several key areas, which include jointly carrying out analytical projects on renewable energy-based solutions for green growth; disseminating and sharing green growth and renewable energy knowledge through hosting joint events and forums; and collaborating on the implementation of programmatic activities. The collaborative work will help build capacity and provide advisory services to support the deployment of renewable energy and energy transformation for green growth.

GGGI and IRENA have already co-hosted several knowledge events and workshops to help developing and emerging countries to strengthen capacity to access finance. The formalization of this partnership will establish a platform for both parties to share experience and best practices and jointly recommend solutions and strategies in support of energy transformation at national, regional and international levels.

About the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is the global intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international co-operation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. With 160 Members(159 States and the European Union) and 23 additional countries in the accession process and actively engaged, IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Contact: Damian Brandy,Communications Officer, IRENA,; +971 2 417 9016

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About the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization that supports developing country governments transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. GGGI delivers programs in 31 Member and partner countries with technical support, capacity building, policy planning & implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects. More on GGGI’s events, projects and publications can be found on You can also follow GGGI on Twitter and join us on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Contact: GGGI Seoul HQ
Hee Kyung Son, Communications Specialist
+82 70-7117-9957