Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets Irena director general

UAE Foreign Minister discusses 'green recovery' with Francesco La Camera

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, met Francesco La Camera, director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

The two discussed the global move towards clean energy and strategies to speed up climate action.

Sheikh Abdullah and Mr La Camera also discussed the importance of promoting the concept of "green recovery" from the coronavirus pandemic, and sustainable development.

The minister reaffirmed the UAE's support for Irena and its key role in promoting renewable energy solutions and addressing climate change.

The international agency made Abu Dhabi its permanent seat in 2011 and moved into its headquarters in Masdar City, the capital's clean-technology centre, in 2015.

The UAE has set ambitious goals to rapidly increase the amount of energy it generates from green and renewable sources.

Noor solar park in Abu Dhabi is the largest single-site solar centre in the world.

At the end of last year, the UAE's renewable capacity reached 2.3 gigawatts, and is expected to be closer to nine gigawatts by 2025.