At the start of its ninth annual general assembly in Abu Dhabi today, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a report on the geopolitical impacts of the global expansion of renewable energy. As a result of the declining importance of coal, oil and gas, IRENA has forecast major shifts in geopolitical power structures – the precise nature of which remains largely unknown.

The report, A New World: The Geopolitics of the Energy Transformation, was compiled by an international panel of energy industry figures from governments, international organisations and industry. Contributions were made by a 12-person panel of commissioners, led by former Iceland president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.

The report can be found on the official IRENA website.