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PFAN Passes $1 Billion Mark in Clean Energy Financing

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), a clean energy financing advisory group, has announced that it has passed the $ 1 billion mark in total financing raised for clean energy projects in developing countries. The multilateral public-private partnership, currently transitioning to a new governance and hosting arrangement within the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and REEEP, has now raised total financing of $1.2 billion.

Need Assessment Study of the South Asia Region

The South Asian region is evolving and growing at an exponential rate in terms of development and economic growth. Hence, it is placed critically in terms of matching the needs of the rising population as well as stabilizing and developing its economy. Agriculture, transport, and building sectors are the three sectors in the South Asian region which play a significant role in the economic development of the region. At the same time, these three sectors are also highly energy intensive. Therefore, it becomes critical to identify the energy requirements and suffice them through various clean energy alternatives, supported by innovative business models. 

Building power and water infrastructure capability in South Africa

Specialist power and water consulting firm Entura has identified opportunities for the South African city of Durban to increase its use of renewable energy, while at the same time driving down water infrastructure operating costs. Entura received a grant from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international non-profit organisation, to identify opportunities to install mini-hydro (100kW to 1MW) on existing water supply infrastructure. The opportunities identified would enable generation of energy from renewable sources without the need for large and costly new infrastructure.

REEEP Solar E-Bike Venture Opens in Hanoi

REEEP and Caritas Switzerland announced the opening of the Bach Khoa solar-powered e-bike station in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 12th, 2015. The venture, based in an innovative business model for recharging and servicing e-bikes in Hanoi, was made possible by the generous support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs. The solar e-bike system is a prime example of how the REEEP and SECO mission to provide crucial aid for market development and business innovation has enabled cutting-edge market-oriented solutions to environmental and development challenges.

Equity and inclusion in disaster risk reduction: building resilience for all

This paper, by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) builds on the recently produced ‘The future framework for disaster risk reduction: a guide for decision-makers’. This new module brings together evidence on opportunities raised by adopting an inclusive approach to ensure effective DRR. The paper makes the case for increased attention to wider issues of vulnerability, inclusion and empowerment, which are needed to assist policy-makers and international agencies to negotiate the successor agreement to the HFA.

Making the Case: How Agrifood Firms are Building New Business Cases in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Water, energy and food systems are inextricably interconnected. Water and energy are needed to produce food; water is needed for almost all forms of power generation; energy is required to treat and transport water. The relationships and trade-offs within this triangle of resources are known collectively as the water-energy-food nexus.

Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations for South East Asia

The International Energy Agency (IEA) shared a brochure that summarizes Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations for 10 South East Asia countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam.The brochure presents recommendations from the second Experts’ Roundtable for the Southeast Asia region. The two-day Southeast Asia region workshop took place in Jakarta. During the Jakarta workshop, the Experts Roundtable developed 20 region-specific energy efficiency policy recommendations to address these barriers and help realise the tremendous energy efficiency potential in the region.

REEEP supported the project of IEA that resulted in delivering the Recommendations.

Smart cities for sustainable development

For the first time this year two important dates in the urban calendar happened in October. The first Monday of October of every year since 1986 is a World Habitat Day. This year, October ends with World City Day, celebrated this year for the first time and built around the theme: Better City, Better Life. Both days are organized under the auspices of UN-Habitat. We thought this would be an excellent opportunity to share a few words about our efforts to promote and support sustainable cities, also highlighted our 2013/2014 Annual Report.

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