Major conference win ‘recognises Australia’s energy transition’

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Thousands of scientists, industry leaders and politicians will head to Australia next year after Adelaide won a bid to host the International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC).

Convention bureau Business Events Adelaide helped secure the biennial meeting, which typically attracts more than 3,500 delegates, the majority of whom arrive from overseas. 

CEO Damian Kitto said: “The International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) is a brilliant statement of what Adelaide is capable of - as a superb world-class business events destination, and in world-leading innovation including hydrogen, all in tune with the State’s ambitious economic development agenda.”

Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Programme underpinned the bid, which was supported by the Federal and State Government and the private sector. 

Clean Energy Council CEO, Kane Thornton, said the selection of Adelaide as the host of IREC 2024 was in recognition of Australia’s ‘status as an emerging clean energy superpower’.

“The Australian renewable energy industry is globally renowned for its clean energy transition, including leading the world in per capita rooftop solar installations and the rapid development of an emerging clean hydrogen export industry,” he said.

“South Australia is at the forefront of this transition, with the state the only gigawatt-scale grid in the world that regularly produces enough wind and solar power to meet all its energy needs.

“Hosting IREC 2024 in Adelaide presents a fantastic opportunity to not only showcase the Australian renewable energy industry to the world but also provides a practical demonstration of the immense possibilities of a clean energy future,” Thornton said.

Kitto added: “Prestigious business events such as this deliver a strong economic tail for delegates as well as, very importantly, Adelaide and the State of South Australia,” he said. 

“It will strengthen Adelaide’s position on the world map as a business event destination not to be missed for any event organiser seeking a destination that puts an economic growth future front and centre for their future events.”

Previous IREC event have been held in Beijing, Washington DC, Delhi, Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Mexico City, Seoul, and Madrid this year.

 

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