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Switzerland joins renewable energy body

Energy Minister Moritz Leuenberger has signed up Switzerland as a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) during a visit to Berlin on Wednesday.

This content was published on May 27, 2009 - 11:45

Irena includes a group of 83 countries interested in working together to promote alternative power.

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".

The Swiss government agreed to join the body earlier this month in hopes of benefiting from technology and know-how transfers. Parliament will now have to ratify the agreement.

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

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