University of San Diego

San Diego Journal of Climate & Energy Law


Nadia B. Ahmad

Library of Congress Authority File


In understanding the post Paris energy transitions, this Article analyzes the intergovernmental organization, IRENA, as a means of working toward sustainable energy. Clean energy is an alternative to carbon emissions from fossil fuel extraction and generation. This Article looks at the formation and rise of IRENA and how the silencing of the climate controversy may continue to improve its efficacy. In other words, IRENA has steered away from the controversy of climate change i.e. climate denial. This Article will proceed in five parts. Part I explores the formation of IRENA and the positive outcomes of renewable energy deployment. Part II addresses post-extraction possibilities and the need for global energy sector cooperation and development. Part III explores how IRENA works as an epistemic institution, providing solutions to the Paris Agreement’s possible goals. Part IV considers post-Paris energy transitions against predictions of more gradual renewable energy deployment. Part V analyzes the variables of the coronavirus pandemic for energy regime complex, which could limit IRENA’s growth if the constraints remain unaddressed.