The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres Platform – South-South and triangular cooperation for accelerated progress



Contract partner: UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 2.000.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2023 End: 30.11.2028

Short Description:

Overall goal


The primary goal is to ensure the full functionality and sustainability of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC) Platform and to transform the network into a hub for sustainable energy and climate action. The regional energy centres aim to expedite the energy and climate transformation process, fostering economies of scale, equal progress, and spill-over effects among countries. They intend to establish integrated and inclusive regional markets for sustainable energy and climate technology products and services through common targets, policies, standards, incentives, and risk mitigation measures.


To achieve this, the programme will introduce enhanced technical assistance modalities for individual centres in defined priority areas, ensuring tailored support to address specific needs.


These centres play a pivotal role in shaping domestic priorities, promoting donor coordination, and ensuring long-term sustainability beyond project closure. This approach strengthens GN-SEC's capacity to drive sustainable energy transformation, aligning with global efforts to achieve SDG-7 by 2030.

 


Expected results


The programme seeks to accelerate the global transition toward sustainable energy by fostering cooperation, creating integrated markets, and advocating for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG-7, SDG-9, and SDG-13.

GN-SEC centres and regions will experience the benefits of joint programs and initiatives designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing across various areas of sustainable energy and climate technology. These initiatives will strengthen their collective capacity and impact.

Furthermore, GN-SEC members will gain enhanced access to knowledge resources, capacity building, and specialized network contacts, ultimately enhancing their skills and capabilities in the field of sustainable energy.

To ensure effective implementation, innovative funding modalities will be introduced to provide tailored support to individual centres in priority areas. This approach optimizes the allocation of resources to achieve desired outcomes efficiently.

 


Target group / Beneficiaries


The main direct beneficiaries of the programme are the experts from the 10 centres of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres, including 113 National Focal Institutions and 10 Thematic Hubs. Around 6,000 people (e.g., government, utilities, regulators, banks, businesses) from various developing regions benefit from the activities and services of the GN-SEC network. Indirectly, GN-SEC influences the sustainable energy futures of 1.7 billion people in the Global South by shaping regional policies and standards.


Activities


The programme includes a number of activities. A key aspect is the development and implementation of a comprehensive business plan for the GN-SEC platform. This plan will outline sustainable funding mechanisms and a framework for measuring performance indicators.

In addition, compact annual work plans and progress reports specifically tailored to the south-south and triangular activities of the GN-SEC will be developed.

Cooperation agreements with international organisations and initiatives will be established to facilitate joint activities, knowledge management and advocacy. Ongoing support will also be provided for institution building of new GN-SEC centres, particularly in Central Africa and Central Asia. Regular interactions and virtual meetings between GN-SEC centres will be organised to promote effective communication and coordination.

An external evaluation will be carried out to assess the effectiveness and relevance of the GN-SEC network and platform. In addition, surveys will be used to assess the satisfaction of GN-SEC platform clients, including centres, donors and partners, with the services provided by the platform.

 


Context


The programme aims to accelerate the energy transition in developing countries by making the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC) a unique multi-stakeholder platform for south-south and triangular industrial cooperation “from the regions for the regions”. GN-SEC is an international initiative to address the significant challenges in the deployment of sustainable energy and climate change technologies (SECTs). Despite significant investments in SECTs in recent years, markets, particularly in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), have struggled to make significant progress in energy access.


The barriers and shortcomings to the uptake of SECTs cover a broad spectrum, ranging from policy and regulatory issues, fiscal and non-fiscal incentives, technical limitations, economic factors, financial constraints, capacity limitations, inadequate quality infrastructure, limitations in research and development (R&D) and innovation frameworks, and gaps in knowledge and awareness.


In addition, many developing countries face the challenge that their domestic private sector lacks the capacity to provide sustainable energy products and services at competitive prices. This situation has become a bottleneck for the uptake of SECT in these regions.


Domestic manufacturing and service sectors are often underdeveloped, and the growing demand for sustainable energy remains underserved due to high entry costs and risks associated with international suppliers and supply chains.


In this context, GN-SEC plays a crucial role in empowering LDCs and SIDS by giving them a stronger voice in shaping climate and technology transfer processes. The GN-SEC network derives its high-level legitimacy from official mandates from ministers and heads of state. Its intergovernmental character, based on international agreements, further strengthens its credibility.

 

project number 2839-00/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Energiegewinnung, -Verteilung und -Effizienz, allgemein
tied 0
modality
marker Environment: 2, Climate change mitigation: 2, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 1, Democracy: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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