Organisation

Foundation

During the International Impulse Conference for the Creation of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), from 8 -10 June 2001 in Berlin, the signatories founded the independent
World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)
to consider and deal with the following factors:

-   the fact that the global energy demand is increasing faster than the introduction of Renewable Energy;
-   the comprehensive impacts, climate hazards, burdens to the environment, risk of accidents, conflicts around exhausting resources have caused an urgent need to replace nuclear and fossil energy by renewable ones and focus new investments on Renewable Energy and energy efficiency;
-   the huge discrepancies in energy system requirements between nuclear and fossil energy on the one hand and Renewable Energy on the other require different sources, techniques, infrastructures, investors, forms of business organisation, as well as different economic calculations and political framework conditions;
-   because of the infancy of Renewable Energy, the ongoing dominance of vested interests so far mostly favours conventional energy to the disadvantage of renewable ones;
-   the tremendous natural potential of Renewable Energy could meet - by means of numerous existing and developing technologies for conversion, storage, and utilisation - the energy demand of the whole of mankind sustainably, emission free and ecologically balanced;
-   the experience that the Renewable Energy potential and its opportunities for mankind are still underestimated in theory and not sufficiently considered in practice;
-   the necessity to show the Renewable Energy Potential and the concomitant comprehensive political, economic, technical and cultural opportunities, to overcome the manifold barriers and to speed up the dissemination of Renewable Energy;
-   the necessity to comprehensively stimulate the promotion of Renewable Energy in the fields of policy, economy, and research and development,

WCRE: mission, objectives and means

Mission

Task (1): The WCRE shall be a global voice for Renewable Energy;

Objectives

Task (2): The WCRE shall communicate the urgent and global need for Renewable Energy and their availability for all energy demands;
Task (3): The WCRE shall analyse the international barriers to Renewable Energy and prepare proposals to overcome these;
Task (4): The WCRE shall document experience of initiatives for Renewable Energy and communicate best-practice examples world-wide;

Means

Task (5): to support the creation of an International Renewable Energy Agency;
Task (6): to organise biennially a world meeting on the global energy supply, paying special attention to the political and economic mobilisation of Renewable Energy - the "renewable energy policy and economic forum";
Task (7): to promote and support the organisation of World Conferences on Renewable Energy;
Task (8): to publish a "World Renewable Energy Outlook".

Members

Members of the WCRE are, whilst fully maintaining their respective individual independence: individuals acting to promote a global energy supply by Renewable Energy; non-Governmental Organisations and Institutions working in the field of Renewable Energy, environment protection, development aid, agriculture and agro-forestry, industry, architecture, and sciences; enterprises producing, financing, or supplying Renewable Energy; scientific institutes working in the field of Renewable Energy.

Coordination

- by a Chairmen Committee.

The secretariat of the WCRE will be organised by EUROSOLAR. After the official creation of an International Renewable Energy Agency, the WCRE will decide how they are going to continue their work.

WCRE Foundation Document (pdf)