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China to join International Renewable Energy Agency

14 January 2013

China has announced it will join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). IRENA is mandated by 159 countries and the European Union to promote the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, and to serve as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange.

Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first major international organization to be headquartered in the Middle East.

China looks forward to becoming a full member of IRENA soon, as well as working alongside all countries for greater achievements in global renewable energy development.

— Liu Qi, Vice-Minister of the National Energy Administration of China

In 2011, China overtook the US as the largest producer of electricity, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2012. According to that report, China generated 4700.1 Terawatt-hours of electricity, compared to the US’ 4,308.

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