Guidelines for co-operation with the private sector
“International, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations are natural and indispensable partners to IRENA, as are the many private sector companies already seizing the opportunities offered by renewable energy”
IRENA Vision and Mission
IRENA is pursuing a proactive strategic approach to work with public and private partners, networks and constituencies in furtherance of its mission and goals. Partnering with a broad range of constituencies providing diverse expertise, advice and support has become one of IRENA’s hallmarks in many areas of its work
The partnerships are key to translating IRENA’s expertise, knowledge and tools into a sustained impact on the development and deployment of renewable energy.
Guiding Partnership Principles
- Non-exclusivity and no unfair advantage
- Advance IRENA’s goals
- Cost Efficiency
- Cooperation with adequate and relevant partners
- Cooperation shall be subject to the conclusion of a formal agreement
- No commercial relationship shall be established
- Confidentiality and protection of proprietary rights
Private sector partners interested in cooperating with IRENA may submit a proposal to indicate the scope, objectives, duration and the anticipated impact of the proposed cooperation activities.
Current private sector partnerships
Partnership with ENI
This three-year partnership agreement to collaborate in the promotion of renewable energy and accelerate the energy transition, particularly in countries that export fossil fuels was signed in September 2021.
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The partnership agreement between Eni and IRENA builds upon the commitment of both organizations to accelerate the energy transition. It aims to accelerate the development of renewable energy in those contexts where the decarbonisation objectives are closely linked to those of access to energy, especially in Africa. In the last two decades, the region attracted only 2% of global renewable energy investments but the opportunities offered by renewables are immense. For instance, biofuels in Africa have a huge untapped potential. As shown in the latest IRENA World Energy Transitions Outlook, in the road transport sector and in shipping and aviation sectors biofuels are a fundamental component of decarbonization. For this reason, Eni and IRENA have jointly developed a capacity building initiative with the goal of strengthening the competences and skills of national institutions involved in the value chain of biofuels in Africa. It is a wide and intensive program that will involve different African countries between 2022 and 2024.
The first edition took place in September 2022, when a delegation of 18 public officials from key ministries in Kenya and Rwanda was hosted in Italy for 10 days. The program started in Castel Gandolfo at Eni Corporate University premises, where Eni has its archive and training centre. In this beautiful lake town near Rome, for five days lecturers from Eni and IRENA provided an overview of the entire biofuels value chain and role in the energy transition as means to achieve the sustainable development goals. The opening ceremony was attended by Eni top management representatives and Nicola Bazzani from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, who showed enthusiasm for the initiative and for the Eni-IRENA partnership. Complementing theory with practice, the program continued with a site visit to Eni biorefinery in Venice. Visiting the world’s first biorefinery ever converted from a traditional oil refinery, the participants could see with their own eyes how the energy transformation can be an opportunity for economic development. The program ended in the open-air laboratory of Oristano, in Sardinia. Here the most suitable plants for growing in marginal and arid soils are studied with the goal to develop feedstocks that can ensure the sustainability of the value chain, avoiding competition with the food chain.
The climate challenge is an issue that affects everyone – governments, institutions, international agencies, the private sector, citizens – and should be faced with a collective effort. That is why Eni and IRENA believe in their partnership and aim to continue working together, pooling resources and leverage respective strengths towards the common goal of a sustainable future.
In January 2021, IRENA entered into a partnership with the Enel Foundation. The two parties agreed to share data and insights about the development of the green hydrogen economy, which is increasingly cited as a central component of carbon neutral economies by 2050, and cooperate on youth engagement initiatives.
This partnership aimed at advancing the global energy transition started in May 2021. Under the agreement, the organisations will strengthen collaboration on the application of technology to advance and deepen the transition to renewable energy around the world.
The partnership with Snam, Europe’s largest energy infrastructure operator is aimed at developing hydrogen based on renewables i.e. green hydrogen, to support the energy transition worldwide. Two parties will cooperate to study and possibly implement alongside other partners, pilot projects on renewables generation, transport and distribution of green hydrogen with a view to the development of replicable business cases.