From Jan. 17 to 18, 2015, the fifth Assembly Session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A total of more than 1,000 people attended the meeting, including the representatives from 144 governments, more than 110 research institutes and industrial circles from all over the world, and a total of 75 ministerial representatives of energy and related departments from 58 countries. The meeting focused on the status of renewable energy costs, and a ministerial-level roundtable discussion was made on the topics related to power transformation and energy security. Mr. Gu Hongbin, Deputy Director General of CREEI, was invited to attend the meeting.
On Jan. 17, 2015, the representatives from 139 member countries unanimously passed the 2012 IRENA Report on Cost of Renewable Energy for Power Generation at the Plenary Meeting on Renewable Energy Generation Cost. Mr. Gu Hongbin attended the meeting and spoke on behalf of China. He introduced China’s largest production base for renewable energy power generation equipment and the largest application market for renewable energy power generation, which was the main driving force for the reduction of wind power and PV power costs, and China made a great contribution to the world in this regard. Mr. Gu Hongbin, proposed to give full play to CREEI’s advantages in terms of technology and cost analysis under the framework of IRENA to promote the world-wide renewable energy power generation competitiveness.
During the meeting, the Chinese delegation stated that China attached great importance to the development of renewable energy and was vigorously promoting the revolution in energy production and consumption. It was proposed that by 2030, the carbon dioxide emission would peak and the non-fossil energy consumption would account for 20%. As of the end of 2014, the installed capacity of renewable energy reached 430 GW, which accounted for 32% of the total installed capacity of power generation. In 2014, renewable energy power generation amounted to 1,200,000 GWh, which accounted for 22% of the total power generation. China would continue to provide support for the work of IRENA, conduct policy dialogs, technical exchanges, and industrial cooperation with the member countries, particularly support the development of renewable energy in the less developed countries and regions to increase the level of renewable energy use and make a positive contribution to the development of renewable energy in the world.
Deputy Director General Gu Hongbin Speaks at the Plenary Meeting on Renewable Energy Generation Cost