Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers for SIDS
- SIDS DOCK
- Austrian Government
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
- Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
- Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
- Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
The Partnership aims at the establishment of a Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers for SIDS. The initiative follows-up on an official request of the Sustainable Energy Island Initiative (SIDS DOCK) of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to UNIDO to assist the small islands in the Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Africa in the creation of regional sustainable energy centers.
The SIDS DOCK request was inspired by UNIDO´s technical work in the context of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers. The UNIDO Energy and Climate Change Branch is coordinating the network in partnership with various regional economic communities (RECs). The network promotes the creation of inclusive and sustainable energy industries and markets in developing and transition countries. The expanding south-south network comprises by now of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (www.ecreee.org), the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (www.eacreee.org), the Southern African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE), and the Regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre for Arab States (RCREEE). ECREEE and RCREEE are already operating since 2010.
The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), which is based in Cape Verde, was already nominated by SIDS DOCK as the centre of excellence for African SIDS. For the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) and the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) a comprehensive preparatory process has been launched by UNIDO and SIDS DOCK in close coordination with the regional organizations (e.g. SPC, SPREP, USP, CARICOM, OECS). The process includes the development of needs assessments and project documents on the technical and institutional design of the centers. The PCREEE project document and its establishment was aalready dopted by the Pacific Ministers for Energy and Transport in a regional meeting, held from 2nd to 4th April 2014 in Nadi, Fiji. A validation workshop on CCREEE is scheduled to take place from 21 to 22 July 2014 in Dominica. The host organizations of the centers will be selected in a competitive process. The new centers are expected to be fully operational by the beginning of 2015.