The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participates in the activities of the Eighth Session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Saudi Delegation is chaired by His Excellency KACARE's Vice President Dr. Waleed Hussein Abolfaraj during the period 26-27 Rabi' II 1439 (13-14 January 2018) in Abu Dhabi. It is worthwhile mentioning that the Kingdom accession to the Agency took place on 29 January 2012 and since then the Kingdom has been participating in the IRENA's various meetings and Initiatives, on top of which is Renewable Resource Atlas.
IRENA is an international organization endeavoring to promote the utilization of renewable energy sources
Throughout the world. The Organization was established on 26 January 2009 in Bonn, Germany, while its General Secretariat is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. So far 154 States have joined its membership, while 26 States are in the process of joining it. The Agency is working hard to become the main driving force promoting the States throughout the universe to save no effort to convert to broadly utilize renewable energy worldwide.
Activities of the 8th Session of the Assembly of IRENA concurrently coincide with those of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week during the period 13-20 January 2018. KACARE had participated in the past in the activities the World Future Energy Summit. It is noteworthy that the Kingdom is endeavoring, in the context of its Vision 2030, to introduce, within Vision various programs, alternative energy sources, including, but not limited to, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy and waste-to-energy.
KACARE, therefore, has made so many strides in this field. To name but one, it established the Renewable Energy Data Center. The Center provides such services via Atlas Portal http://rratlas. Energy.gov.sa. In the meantime, KACARE is working on a set of another initiatives aiming at contribution to realization of the Kingdom's noble objectives in the area of renewable energy, including localization and investment in renewable energy technologies and applications thereof, including water desalination utilizing concentrated solar thermal energy, as well as wind energy. An addition, development of human resources sector is receiving a special attention to meet and realize the Kingdom's objectives and aspiration. Besides, KACARE, in coordination with Energy, Industry and Mineral Wealth as well as major partners, runs Renewable Energy Program guided by the plans, programs and policies adopted in the National Transformation Program 2020.