Adelaide has secured the International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) for 2024 which is set to attract an expected 3,500 global leaders in government, industry, science and non-government organisations.
To be held in April, AUSIREC 2024 will mark the first time the conference has been held in Oceania.
“The ability to host this significant event is a real feather in South Australia’s cap – 3500 delegates descending on the city next year will be a welcome boost to the tourism economy and creates a real opportunity to showcase our state’s clean, green credentials,” said SA Energy and Mining Minister Tom Koutsantonis.
Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton welcomed the announcement saying Adelaide was being recognised as a “clean energy superpower”.
“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.
Federal energy minister Chris Bowen said the conference will have a key focus on working with Australia’s First Nations peoples in deploying clean energy projects and ensuring they benefit from the transition to renewables.
“Australia is on the path to becoming a renewable energy superpower,” said Bowen.
“Forums like IREC will help us continue to work with global partners, the Pacific and First Nations to address key challenges in renewable energy and find the best path to a clean energy future for all.”
Tourism Australia’s Business Events boss Robin Mack said they were “very excited” that Adelaide has been selected as the bid was supported through the Bid Fund Program.
“This latest win demonstrates the Bid Fund Program’s support in the critical bidding phase to help build a steady pipeline of future large-scale international association meetings and incentives to Australia, which are a key part of our visitor economy,” Mack said.