UNIDO coordinates the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres in cooperation with various regional economic communities and organizations such as the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the SADC Centre (SACREEE).
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.
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.
Further information is available in this brochure.