The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that was founded in 2009 to support the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy.
IRENA has almost 160 countries that are full Members with an additional 24 states that are in various stages of accession. The EU is one of the founding members and participates in the different activities of IRENA's work programme.
IRENA's activities include the publications and development of databases with the latest information, statistics, policies and cost data on renewable energy on its Resource Platform, platforms to support project development, global resource data, and the financing of renewable energy projects.
IRENA also engages in regional initiatives to support renewable energy development, and works together with the EU to develop renewable energy deployment in South-East Europe.