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International Renewable Energy Agency: Location

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether a decision has been made on the location of the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); for which location the UK voted in the Preparatory Commission for IRENA; and how much funding his Department has allocated for UK participation in IRENA. (286849)

The Second Preparatory Commission meeting in Egypt on 29-30 June decided by consensus, rather than a vote, that the interim headquarters for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) would be based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was fully supported by the UK. The final budget for IRENA remains to be decided but the indicative allocation for the UK for 2010 is $1.39 million.