Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres

A post-2015 South-South and Triangular partnership to promote inclusive and sustainable industrial development and SE4ALL

UNIDO coordinates the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres in cooperation with various regional economic communities and organizations. The expanding post-2015 south-south and triangular partnership comprises of various centres in Sub Sahara Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific and other regions. UNIDO provides key technical services for the establishment and operation of such regional centres. The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres Platform offers an umbrella for south-south activities between the centres. 

The Centres respond to the urgent need for increased regional cooperation and capacities to mitigate existing barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency investment, markets and industries. They complement and strengthen ongoing national activities in the areas of policy and capacity development, knowledge management and awareness raising, as well as investment and business promotion. There is a common understanding that some ‘soft’ barriers for RE&EE can be addressed more effectively and at a lower cost through regional approaches and methodologies.

The Centres enjoy high-level support from the Energy Ministers and respond to the individual needs of the respective national governments. The centers have a strong local identity, ownership and work according to local rules and procedures. They are closely linked to the regional organizations and their decision-making processes. They form a strong global advocacy group for SE4ALL and climate resilience.

With the network, UNIDO responds to the increasing demand for innovative partnerships, multi-level and integrated solutions to address the energy, climate and development challenges simultaneously. The network contributes particularly to the cross-cutting area of SDG Goal 7 on Sustainable Energy and SDG Goal 9 on sustainable industrial development. It works towards limiting the average global surface temperature increase below 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The network is supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), European Union (EU), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other partners.

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Sub-Network for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

In 2014, UNIDO received a request from the SIDS Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK) to assist SIDS in the Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Africa in establishing regional sustainable energy centres.

The establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) was adopted during the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community held in July 2015. Barbados was nominated as the host country of CCREEE. The second Meeting of Pacific Ministers of Energy and Transport, held in April 2014 in Fiji, endorsed the establishment of  the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE). The UNIDO-supported ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), based in Cabo Verde, was nominated as the SIDS DOCK hub for African SIDS.

The network responds to the call for innovative SIDS-SIDS partnerships to implement the “SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway” adopted at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), held in September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The individual centres under the network will cooperate on common SIDS energy issues. As a first flag-ship initiative the “Island Women Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Network” was launched at the 2015 Vienna Energy Forum.

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Sub-Network for Africa

Since 2010, UNIDO supports regional organizations and communities in Sub-Sahara Africa and North Africa in the establishment of regional sustainable energy centers. The various centers will cooperate closely on common urban and rural energy issues. The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), based in Praia, Cape Verde, was established in cooperation with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2010.

The East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) was formally approved by the Ministers of Energy during the 9th Meeting of the EAC Sectoral Council on Energy, held on 21 April 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. It was inaugurated on 11 June 2016 in Kampala, Uganda. The Southern African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) was approved in the 34th SADC meeting of the Ministers Responsible for Energy, held in July 2015, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nambia was selected as the host of the centre in a competitive selection process.

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Consultative meeting on the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE)
Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE)
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Himalayan Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

UNIDO and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency, are preparing to establish a Himalayan Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

The centre will help address the complex development and energy challenges of the mostly peri-urban and rural areas of the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region, which is home to more than 200 million people, covering all or parts of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

There is a strong demand for decentralized sustainable energy solutions in the HKH region, especially in the off-grid mountain areas, to promote social development and increase the productivity of industrial key sectors, such as food- processing and high-value niche products and services. However, a broad range of barriers, including policy and regulatory obstacles, out-dated technology and a lack of capacity and of finance, have prevented the region from taking full advantage of existing and potential renewable energy sources.

The centre will scale up ongoing national efforts in the areas of technology demonstration, investment and business promotion, rural energy policy development and implementation, capacity development, and knowledge and data management, as well as awareness-raising. It will also act as a regional hub of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) excellence in the region.

The centre will be part of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres which is coordinated by UNIDO, in partnership with relevant regional organizations.