IRENA’s Climate Finance Platform Enters Next Phase

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 6/16/2022, Location: Middle East

At the agency's headquarters today, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) inked agreements with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and The Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (also known as Masdar). The 400 million USD anchor investment made by the fund to IRENA's Energy Transition Accelerator Financing (ETAF) Platform is now official thanks to the agreement with ADFD. Through technical advice and equity investments, the signing of the Letter of Intent with Masdar opens the door for renewable energy projects.

Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar’s Chief Executive Officer, and Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, signed the agreements and also delivered remarks at the signing ceremony.

“The financing development, business expertise and financial commitment of ADFD and Masdar to ETAF is a testament to the UAE’s strong commitment to supporting the global energy transition. It will enable IRENA to facilitate capital mobilization and significantly accelerate the energy transition in developing countries,” said Mr. La Camera. “With strong, committed partners, I’m certain that this platform will be transformative in the pursuit of a just, inclusive, and prosperous future.”

“Today's agreement reflects our commitment to our sustainability goals. The ETAF platform supports the strategic objective of the UAE to unite global efforts to address climate change through the promotion of renewable energy,” said ADFD Director-General Mohammed Saif Al Suwaid. “ADFD’s funding supports the objectives of the platform, as it attracts new investment, and provides innovative solutions and financing tools to promote renewable energy in developing countries.”

“Masdar is proud to build on our already strong relationships with IRENA and ADFD by joining the ETAF platform, an important tool to help finance renewable energy projects in developing countries, and one that will leverage Masdar’s expertise as a global renewable energy powerhouse. Today’s agreement reinforces Masdar and the UAE's steadfast commitment to supporting the developing world in the energy transition” said Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.

By joining the ETAF Platform, Masdar leverages its extensive expertise as an international renewable energy project developer and operator to increase bankability and attract investors to ETAF projects. Masdar will also provide a soft capital commitment to equity investment in projects until 2030.

ETAF is a multi-stakeholder climate finance platform, targeting the deployment of 1.5 gigawatts of new renewable power in developing countries by 2030. The signing formalises ADFD’s commitment of USD 400 million in funding and is a signifcant step towards the platform’s goal of securing a minimum of USD 1 billion.


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