New article: A place in the Sun? IRENA’s position in the global energy governance landscape
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), created in 2009, is the only intergovernmental organization dedicated to renewable energy. Drawing on several new datasets, this article explores IRENA in the context of three other major international energy organizations: the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Energy Agency and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
So how is the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), founded in 2009, doing?
This is the main question Research Professor Indra Øverland and Senior Research Fellow Gunilla Reischl set out to answer in their new article “A Place in the Sun? IRENA’s position in the global energy governance landscape” published in the journal International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics.
Direct comparison between IRENA other international energy organizations is found to be problematic as each organization is different and comparisons inevitably encounter apples and oranges type issues. The study finds that IRENA’s niche in international renewable energy governance is not yet fully carved out, but that the organization’s mandate and institutional structure, as well as recent international developments, indicate that it may grow rapidly in importance.
The two researchers represent respectively the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and its Norwegian sister institute, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), which have been cooperating on the study of international energy governance in the project ‘Energy governance in a globalized world’, funded by The Swedish Energy Agency.