Canada has joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future.

The country will be the 160th member to join IRENA, which will hold its ninth Assembly session from 11-13 January.

IRENA director-general Adnan Amin said: “We are delighted to welcome Canada as a new member of the IRENA family. Canada has vast renewable energy resource potential and long-standing experience in low-carbon development that it can share through international cooperation.

“We look forward to working with the Canadian Government as well as the private sector and research institutions to advance energy transformation.

“Canada’s membership firmly underscores the leadership it can demonstrate in renewable energy technology, sustainable development and global energy decarbonisation.”

“The growing green economy is among the greatest economic opportunities for Canada in a generation.”

IRENA noted that more than 120 ministers are expected to join 1,200 delegates from 150 countries in Abu Dhabi for the session.

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Due to significant hydropower resources, renewable energy accounts for around two-thirds of Canada’s power generation and just under 20% of its total final energy supply.

The renewable power generation in Canada is said to have increased from 78GW in 2009 to 99GW in 2017.

In addition to hydro resources, the country also has significant wind, biomass, solar, marine and geothermal energy potential.

Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said: “The growing green economy is among the greatest economic opportunities for Canada in a generation.

“Becoming an IRENA member will accelerate Canada’s efforts to build a clean energy future which will bring new economic growth and thousands of new, well-paying jobs.”