A new centre, which will act as a regional think-tank and focal point for sustainable energy activities and help strengthen activities in the field of policy and capacity development, knowledge management and awareness raising, investment and business promotion, was inaugurated in Kampala’s Makerere University today.
The East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) was opened by Minister designate Irene Muloni of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda.
Muloni reaffirmed the continued support of the Government to the EACREEE and called on partner states and development partners to give full support to the new entity.
Philippe Scholtès, Managing Director at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), emphasized the importance of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, as well as the role of sustainable energy and private-public partnerships in this respect. He said that the global network of regional sustainable energy centres assists development partners in effective and efficient way.
Günter Engelits, Head of Office, Austrian Development Cooperation (ADA) in Uganda, said the centre is expected to reduce political, regulatory, institutional, technical, and social barriers in the region, and support the achievement of sustainable energy for all, as well as the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The EACREEE is supported by UNIDO and the Austrian Development Agency, and is part of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres. The Network currently includes the EACREEE, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) based in Cape Verde, and the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) in Barbados. The Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) and the SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) are expected to be launched by the end 2016.
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