Canada has been voted in as an official member of the Council for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The announcement was made public at IRENA’s 11th session of Assembly.
Canada will serve a two-year term on the Council, helping to ensure cooperation and facilitating discussions on the global clean energy future among the 163 member countries.
Reflecting this year’s Assembly theme, COVID-19 – Energy Transition, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources — Seamus O’Regan Jr., underlined the importance of a net-zero carbon economy as the world recovers from the pandemic.
He noted that a clean energy transition will help Canada meet an urgent climate crisis, as well as help grow the global economy while creating sustainable jobs for generations to come.
IRENA is a near-universal gathering that brings together Heads of State, ministers, energy decision-makers and others to discuss the energy transition as an investment in our collective future. Canada formally joined in 2019, and this is the first year that a Canadian minister has attended the Assembly.