Lawmakers Discuss Policies For Global Energy Transformation

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International Renewable Agencys Director-General Adnan Z. Amin in a statement said legislators have a key role to play in enacting and overseeing the laws that govern the energy sector, and in widening the support for renewables.

Lawmakers from around the world in Abu Dhabi to discuss the policies needed to accelerate transformation of the global energy system.

The Legislators Forum organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is part of the efforts to help countries put in place polices that will enable further expansion of renewable energy sources. 

The forum held ahead of the opening of the Eighth Assembly of International Renewable Agency (I RENA) as countries including Uganda committed themselves to scale up the percentage of renewable energy sources.   

International Renewable Agency's Director-General Adnan Z. Amin in a statement said legislators have a key role to play in enacting and overseeing the laws that govern the energy sector, and in widening the support for renewables.
 
 This year's forum under is the third meeting of its kind hosted by the Agency and seeks to facilitate dialogue between legislators on the deployment of renewables and the critical challenges facing the global energy transformation.

Participation in this year's Forum doubled from last year's, including attendees from 30 countries including Uganda.

Adnan Z. Amin in the opening statement on Friday as the energy transformation gathers momentum, it increasingly brings with it important economic, social and environmental benefits to citizens and communities all over the world.

He said that it is crucial that as our energy system evolves, lawmakers' remain engaged and informed advocates of a low-carbon energy future.

In addition to covering areas of policy, legislation, and the tools necessary to support legislators, discussions at this year's Forum focused on renewables deployment from the power sector to end-use sector, and on raising the level of ambition of renewable energy in Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.

Uganda is one of the 190 countries that committed themselves to the Paris Climate Change agreement which binds member states to reduce the carbon emission through cleaner energy option like solar, wind , hydro power and Geothermal energy among others. 

United Arab Emirates Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi said legislators play a significant role in supporting the advancement of renewable energy technologies and their faster deployment by contributing to the development of enabling policy frameworks.

Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi said  the UAE unveiled an ambitious energy strategy with targets of 44% renewable energy, 38% gas, 12% clean coal, and 6% nuclear by 2050, while reducing the country's carbon footprint from power generation by 70% and reducing residential energy consumption by 40%.

Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary General Martin Chungong who delivered a keynote speech during the event said energy transformation is a global priority and there is strong commitment among many parliamentarians to contribute to it.
He said there is need to keep parliaments informed and make sure that they have the capacity to legislate and support efforts in renewable energy.

 
Lawmakers participating in the Forum took part in a Public-Private Dialogue, consisting of a roundtable discussion with members of the Business and Investors Group of the IRENA Coalition for Action, government representatives, and parliamentarians.

During the Parliamentary Forum, special focus was given to the food-energy nexus, as an illustration of the interlinkages between energy access and other Sustainable Development Goals, and the latest trends and developments in bioenergy.

Meanwhile more than 1,100 representatives of governments from 150 countries will meet in Abu Dhabi to attend the Eighth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), taking place on January 13-14. Energy State Minister, Engineer Simon D'ujanga is expected to lead the Ugandan delegation. 
The annual event acts as the world's principal platform for international cooperation on renewable energy.
The Assembly will provide strategic guidance to the work of the Agency for the next four years and position it to play a key role in driving the global energy transformation.
Reports show that since 2013, more than 1 trillion dollar has been invested in renewables globally. The renewable energy industry accounts for nearly 10 million jobs worldwide.