All members of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) have adopted ambitious plans for the promotion of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate change mitigation/adaptation. However, particularly in the CPLP countries in Africa, the uptake of the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RE&EE) technology markets is hindered by a broad range of demand-side and supply-side barriers, which need to be addressed simultaneously. Qualification and certification need particular attention. The development of inclusive sustainable energy technology markets in these countries requires a critical mass of professionals in the private and public sectors.
In most CPLP countries in Africa, including São Tomé and Príncipe, there is a lack of Portuguese quality programs and tools on sustainable energy issues and solutions. Since most countries intend to further develop the area of small hydro power and renewable energy mini-grids, there is a common need for dedicated tools.
Therefore, UNIDO is supporting São Tomé and Príncipe and other CPLP countries in Africa in the translation of the UNIDO Small Hydropower Guidelines and the Clean Energy Mini-Grid Policy Development Guide and Templates from English to Portuguese. Due to their common language, history, culture and technical standards, CPLP countries share particular needs and requirements.
The tools will be used for future south-south and triangular capacity building activities.
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