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Climate-Safe World Means Millions of New Energy Jobs

Sun glints off one of the many solar panels atop the IRENA headquarters building in Masdar City, UAE. A 1,000 m2 solar photovoltaic rooftop system produces 305,000 kWh of electricity annually in addition to solar hot water. The renewable energy output of the building covers about 10 percent of the building's energy demand. 2015 (Photo courtesy IRENA) Posted for media use

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 19, 2021 (Maximpact.com News) – “We have no time. The window is closing and the pathway to a net-zero future is narrowing.” With these warning words, Francesco La Camera, who heads the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), opened his Foreword to IRENA’s latest analysis, “World Energy Transitions Outlook.”

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Refugee Camps Rely on Renewables

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp made the switch to clean energy in November 2017 with the inauguration of the largest solar power plant ever built in a refugee setting. (Photo by Yousef Al Hariri courtesy UNHCR) Posted for media use

In Iraq, displaced people struggle with the loss of electric power as blackouts and brownouts remain frequent even at grid-connected settlements, leaving refugees and the humanitarian community dependent on expensive, polluting diesel generators. In Ethiopia, most refugees lack any reliable access at all to electric lighting.

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