East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) inaugurated

EACREEE, the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, was officially inaugurated by the Minister designate Hon. Irene Muloni of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda on 11 June 2016.

The Minister reaffirmed the continued support of the government of Uganda to the centre, and called on EAC Partner States, development partners and the private sector to fully support EACREEE. The EAC centre of excellence for renewable energy and energy efficiency is hosted by the Makarere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) in Kampala.

Hon. Jesca Eriyo, EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of productive and social sectors, highlighted the need to ensure the availability of reliable, cost-effective and sustainable energy in the region and to promote electricity interconnectivity to achieve the EAC objectives of attracting investments and promoting competitiveness and trade. 

EACREEE will complement and strengthen ongoing initiatives by EAC Partner States in the areas of policy and capacity development, knowledge management and awareness raising as well as investment and business promotion.  

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EACREEE is supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), and is part of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres.  

UNIDO coordinates this Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres in cooperation with existing regional economic communities and organizations and provides key technical services for the establishment and operation of these centres. The global network further offers an effective umbrella for south-south cooperation between the centres, and currently comprises EACREEE, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) based in Cape Verde, the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) in Barbados and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Arab Region (RCREEE). The SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) are expected to become operational by the end of 2016. (source: UNIDO)

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