Contribution SACREEE, Establishment and First Operational Phase
At the 33. Meeting of the SADC Ministers of Energy in May 2013 the Ministers directed the SADC Secretariat to prepare the establishment of the Southern African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE). Inspired by the successful model of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) the SADC Secretariat requested the Government of Austria and UNIDO to support in the establishment and first operational phase of SACREEE.
SACREEE, a subsidiary organisation of SADC, will contribute towards increasing access to modern energy services and improving energy security in all SADC Member States. Planned as regional think-tank for sustainable energy issues, SACREEE aims at the establishment of an enabling environment for regional renewable energy and energy efficiency markets and investments by mitigating existing barriers. SACREEE will execute regional interventions in the areas of policy and capacity development, knowledge management, awareness raising as well as business and investment promotion. Additionally SACREEE will also lead the coordination and harmonisation of donor activities of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in the SADC Region.
SACREEE will operate through a Secretariat and a network of National Focal Institutions among all fifteen SADC Member States.
The first phase of Austria’s contribution comprises of a sixth-months start-up phase and a thirty-six months operational phase. The key results are as follows
- SACREEE institutionally established
- contributions to regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policies developed and under implementation
- a regional capacity building program implemented including an energy information system and
- sustainable energy investments and businesses promoted.
UNIDO will assist in institution building of SACREEE as well as in the implementation of its technical program.