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Renewable energy body gets green light

Switzerland will join the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). Parliament ratified the agreement with the Bonn-based body on Wednesday.

This content was published on September 22, 2010 - 17:53
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The stated goal of the international organisation is to become "the main driving force for promoting a rapid transition towards the widespread and sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale".

Nearly 150 states and the European Union have signed Irena’s statutes.

The Swiss government agreed to join the international agency in May last year, in hopes of benefiting from technology and know-how transfers.

Irena was launched at the beginning of 2009 by Germany, Denmark, Spain and Austria.

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