In order to facilitate the widespread global adoption of renewable energy technology, Abu Dhabi is to host the International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) that will see participation from government, civil society and business leaders.

The venue was announced at the closing ceremony of the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC), where Abu Dhabi was chosen for the global platform, due to its investments, initiatives and dedication toward the development and deployment of renewable and clean energy technologies.

Building on the success of DIREC 2010 -- and the previous events in Washington in 2008, Beijing in 2005 and Bonn in 2004 -- ADIREC will attract prominent ministers, policy specialists and industry thought leaders from around the globe.

The date of the Abu Dhabi event was not part of the announcement.

The Emirate is also the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the international governmental organisation mandated to facilitate widespread renewable energy development and expansion.

The Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC) will be held simultaneously and co-located with the World Future Energy Summit, the annual event in Abu Dhabi that gathers more than 25,000 renewable energy and environment representatives from around the world to address and advance sustainable energy solutions.

ADIREC will be the fifth in the series of the ministerial level IREC conferences that carry on the mission of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, which is to bolster, coordinate and accelerate political momentum to foster renewable energy growth.

“Abu Dhabi’s selection as the host of the next IREC is a testament to the significant strides being taken by our leadership to pursue clean energy solutions and address the challenges of climate change,” said Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Masdar CEO and Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change of the UAE.

Ministers and Government Representatives from around 71 countries participated in the DIREC.

Abu Dhabi is developing an unprecedented low-carbon city, the Arab world’s first national renewable energy target and are investing in renewable energy, both within Abu Dhabi and around the world.