A step towards sustainable energy transformation

Centre to work towards the creation of inclusive regional markets for sustainable energy products and services.

29 October 2018 | Environment

“We are opening up a window of opportunity for the entire SADC region,” said Namibian minister of mines and energy, Tom Alweendo, at the inauguration of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) in the capital earlier this week.

“Namibia is privileged to host this important centre in Windhoek and I thank all partners for their support,” he said.

At the same event, the SADC secretariat's director of food, agriculture and natural resources, Domingos Gove, said: “Access to affordable and reliable energy is a prerequisite for the industrialisation aspirations of our region, and SACREEE will provide a platform for domestic and international partnerships while serving as a hub for knowledge and technical expertise”.

Along with the launch, a series of events were hosted, amongst others a workshop on renewable energy entrepreneurship support, on energy efficient lighting and appliances, and a pu-blic dialogue on empowering the youth through clean-tech and innovation.

Multifaceted approaches

Through cross-border approaches and methodologies, SACREEE will complement and accelerate national efforts in the areas of policy and regulation, capacity development, knowledge and data management, awareness raising as well as the promotion of investment, innovation and entrepreneurship.

SACREEE is part of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation's (UNIDO) Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres, with financial assistance provided by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). In partnership with member states and other regional players (e.g. utility organisations, regulatory authorities, banks), the centre works towards the creation of integrated and inclusive regional markets for sustainable energy products and services.

The event was attended by ministers and deputy ministers responsible for energy of Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, the SADC Secretariat, ADA, UNIDO and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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