Description/achievement of initiative
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 Department of Energy 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.
The regional sustainable energy centres respond to the urgent need for enforced regional cooperation and capacities to mitigate existing barriers for the creation of renewable energy and energy efficiency markets and industries in developing and transition countries. The centres enjoy high-level support of the Energy Ministers and respond to the individual needs of the respective national Governments. 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 lower cost through regional approaches and methodologies. The regional centres play also an instrumental role to empower local energy industries to take advantage of the growing renewable energy and energy efficiency market opportunities.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The SIDS Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers offers manifold south-south knowledge and technology transfer possibilities between SIDS and with the other centers of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centers.
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The Partnership is coordinated by UNIDO and SIDS DOCK in close cooperation with the regional organizations and their member countries. The centers work according to local rules and procedures. PCREEE and the CCREEE will be hosted by an existing organization in one of the countries. ECREEE is hosted by the Government of Cape Verde. The centers are governed by an Executive Board and operate through a network of national focal institutions among the islands. The centers are well integrated in the existing regional decision-making structure in the Pacific, Caribbean and Africa.