Vienna, Austria — (METERING.COM) — August 27, 2013 – An East African Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) is to be established, with support from the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the East African Community (EAC).
The Austrian government has committed to provide €1 million for the establishment of the center, which is expected to come into operation in 2014.
At the recent signing of an MOU on the establishment of EACREEE, UNIDO director general Kandeh K. Yumkella stressed the importance of a network of centers to attain the Sustainable Energy for All goals in sub-Saharan Africa. The centers contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for regional renewable energy and energy efficiency markets by mitigating existing barriers. They execute cross-border activities in the areas of policy and regulatory frameworks, capacity development, and knowledge management. They help raise awareness, and are important for business and investment promotion.
Since 2010, UNIDO has supported the Economic Community of West African States in the establishment and operation of the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).
Under the supervision of ECREEE, the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy was adopted, with the aim to increase the share of renewable energy in the overall electricity mix to 19 percent by 2030 (excluding large hydro). Around 25 percent of the rural population will be served by renewable energy powered mini-grids or stand-alone systems.
In 2012, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the EAC requested UNIDO’s assistance with the replication of the ECREEE model in southern and eastern Africa.