SICREEE Erste operationale Phase des Zentralamerikanischen Integrationssystems für erneuerbare Energie und Energieeffizienz

Contract partner: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development OrganizationCountry: Nord- und Mittelamerika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 600.000,00Project start: 01.12.2017End: 31.03.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

SICREEE promotes sustainable energy markets, industries and innovation by mitigating existing barriers and strengthening drivers through sub-regional methodologies and tools.


Expected results

SICREEE will focus on five outcomes during the first operational phase:

Outcome 1: Enhanced regional technical coordination and implementation capacities through the

creation of the Central American Integration System (SICA) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SICREEE) --> for example: at least 5 major RE&EE programmes or projects are implemented by SICREEE in key areas e.g. standards, gender efficient transport, waste to energy) on behalf of SICA Member States.

Outcome 2: Enhanced enabling environment through the development, adoption and execution of

coherent national and regional RE&EE policies and regulatory frameworks --> for example: at least 50% of the SICA countries adopt national RE&EE action plans and investment plans in line with an established regional policy implementation and monitoring framework.

Outcome 3: Enhanced capacities of key institutions and stakeholder groups through

improved RE&EE qualification, certification and accreditation frameworks --> for example: at least 80 trainers are certified among all SICA countries and at least 1000 key stakeholders are trained by certified trainers and/or institutions.

Outcome 4: Improved RE&EE data and information management and awareness

raising --> for example: at least 1 out of 6 institutions in 8 SICA countries provides updated baseline data to the regional system on an annual basis and at least 500 experts from the region participate in SICREEE RE&EE conferences by the end of the first operational phase.

Outcome 5: Up-take of RE&EE investment, entrepreneurship and innovation through regional

programs and projects --> for example: at least USD 500 million of additional investments for the execution of RE&EE investment and demonstration projects is mobilized and at least 500 additional domestic jobs are created in the RE&EE sector.

Target group / Beneficiaries

The main target beneficiaries of the activities of the Centre are approximately 54 million inhabitants in the SICA region.

More specifically, the following stakeholders will benefit from the Centre’s activities:

1. Policy makers in energy and related sectors (e.g. ministries, municipal governments);

2. National institutions in charge of promoting sustainable energy and rural energy;

3. Educational and training institutions (e.g. universities, training centres);

4. Energy manufacturing and service industry (e.g. consulting, suppliers, equipment producers,

installers, IPPs);

5. National utilities and regulators;

6. Civil society (e.g. sustainable energy advocacy groups, women groups);

7. Women and children, as the lacking access to modern energy services affects this group disproportionately.

Ultimately, the greater population, local industry and public institutions will benefit from increased access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services.

Direct beneficiaries of the ADA contribution to the project will be 95.028 people of the rural population, who get access to modern, reliable and affordable electricity services provided by RE solutions and sustainable cooking services provides by more efficient solutions.


All activities of the centre demonstrate a high relevance for the local private sector and industry.

Local business and industry promotion will be an important activity component of the centre and a

cross-cutting issue across the other result areas (e.g. capacity development, knowledge management,

awareness raising). A particular focus of the centre will lie on:

1. Sustainable energy solutions and technologies to enhance the productivity and competitiveness of

industries with high value and job creation potential (e.g. agriculture, tourism, fishery,


2. Nexus-approaches which combine sustainable energy interventions with productive activities (e.g.

value chain development) and other aspects of circular economy (e.g. resource efficiency, cleaner

production, waste and water management, recycling);

3. Sustainable energy entrepreneurship, industrial development and innovation;


SICREEE is addressing the capacity gap in the current regional sustainable energy support framework and will strengthen the technical implementation and coordination capacities of SICA and its new Energy Coordination Unit (UCE-SICA). There is a common understanding that the implementation of then 2020 Central American Sustainable Energy Strategy was insufficient particularly due to a lack of regional coordination. This goes hand in hand with the need for better technical coordination, donor harmonisation and assurance of long-term sustainability of project interventions as well as documentation of lessons learned.

The centre is expected to be an important partner for other projectbased initiatives. There are major regional thematic opportunity gaps in the areas of capacity development, knowledge and data management, awareness rising as well as investment and business promotion in the sustainable energy sector.

project number2810-00/2017
source of fundingOEZA
sector Energiegewinnung, -Verteilung und -Effizienz, allgemein
modalityContributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.