China on board for Irena

Irena director-general Adnan Amin

Irena director-general Adnan Amin

China has decided to join the International Renewable Agency (IRENA), leaving only a handful of major countries on the sidelines four years after the group’s founding.

Beijing’s sign-off represents a “major step toward universal membership for the agency”, Irena says, lifting the number of participating countries to 160.

Only a handful of large economies, including Canada, Russia and Brazil, have not yet signed on or indicated their future support. The US did not ratify its own membership until 2011.

But all the remaining non-participants pale in comparison to China in terms of their gravitas within the global renewables sector. In addition to being the home of many of the world’s largest solar and wind manufacturers, China Log in to read complete article.

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