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On behalf of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea (MOTIE), it is a great honor to invite you to the Korea International Renewable Energy Conference (KIREC Seoul 2019), which will take place on 23–25 October 2019 at COEX in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The Korean government has formulated the 3rd Energy Basic Plan, the Renewable Energy 3020 Action Plan and the Hydrogen Economy Roadmap. In particular, Korea has established a goal to boost the share of renewable energy to 30~35% from its current 7% by 2040 and to increase the share of hydrogen in the final energy supply to 5% by 2040.

With its ambitious national drive for energy transition, MOTIE and SMG are hosting the 8th International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). KIREC Seoul 2019 will provide a global platform for ministers, mayors, high-level decision makers, experts, specialists and thought leaders, as well as private sector players and civil society, to discuss and share their vision, experience and solutions to accelerate the global uptake of renewable energy.

Given your expertise in this area, we look forward to your contribution to ensuring a lively and productive transition towards a renewable energy future and building necessary support for enhanced interaction and strengthened global collaboration.

Hopefully, all of you will join with us in this effort to move towards a renewable energy future. Your active participation in KIREC Seoul 2019 is welcome and highly sought to confront any challenges ahead.

Once again, I look forward to welcoming you to Korea and thank you in advance for your support and keen interest in this effort to collectively benefit all nations.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely,

A warm welcome to all of you! I am Won-soon Park, the Mayor of Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea. It is a great honor to invite you all to the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (KIREC Seoul 2019).

Industrialization powered by coal has driven economic development in many countries, but the world is now faced with consequential environmental challenges such as climate change, air pollution and resource circulation. It is now time to ponder what we must do to leave future generations a clean earth, and the most urgent task ahead of us is a transition to clean energy.

Seoul has taken various measures to transform itself from a consumer to a producer of energy. We implemented the “One Less Nuclear Power Plant” initiative beginning in 2012, which resulted in increased energy production and a reduction in energy use totaling 4.7 million TOE through six years of energy saving efforts and green energy generation.

In 2017, we launched the “Solar City Seoul” initiative under which we will add 1GW of solar power capacity, install PV panels in one million households and raise solar power’s share of total energy output to 3% by 2022.

This year’s 8th IREC is the first IREC to be co-organized jointly by a national and a municipal government. We hope that this conference will provide a starting point for global cities to share their clean energy transition strategies and to take the lead in developing national policies to accelerate the uptake of new and renewable energy.

I am very excited to share with you the diverse efforts we have already made and discuss future improvements.
I promise that we will spare no effort to ensure this conference is a success.

I look forward to meeting you all in Seoul and hope that you will fully experience the charms of the city during your stay.

Thank you.

REN21 welcomes its partnership with the South Korean Government to host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC). With Asia as the fastest growing region in the world, it will require increasing energy supplies to fuel its rapid pace of economic expansion. The considerable renewable energy resources in the region can go a long way to meeting expanding demand. Renewables also present an opportunity for the region to achieve a globally important position in the renewable energy market, and become a cornerstone of the sustainable, green economy of the future.

KIREC Seoul 2019 will be the first IREC where the national and city governments work to define a joint agenda. Cities are central driving the energy transformation. Local governments have legislative and purchasing power that they can use to implement change in their own operations and in the wider community, becoming beacons for change. Local implementation can support national policies thus ensuring vertical policy integration which essential to the renewable energy transformation.

The IRECs provide a multi-stakeholder platform for government, private sector and civil society leaders to address jointly the goal of advancing the renewable energy transformation. REN21 is proud to partner with South Korea on this international event. We look forward to welcoming you in Seoul, South Korea, 23-25 October 2019.