Harvesting lessons: 5 years of projects

01-06-2010, Vienna, Austria

During 2009, REEEP marked the fifth anniversary of its operation as a public-private partnership. In a new article for the 2010 edition of the Energy for Sustainable Development journal, REEEP has synthesised some of the key lessons learned from 129 projects that have been offered funding and moved to implementation.

The article, entitled Lessons for low-carbon energy transition: Experience from the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership, looks at REEEP’s project initiatives in clean energy capacity-building and technical assistance, and draws two broad types of lessons:

Lessons on actual programme management

These lessons look at the “how”, i.e. at REEEP’s own processes and management, and draw some conclusions for both the organisation itself and for others who are active in promoting low-carbon energy in developing countries. They cover aspects as varied as the importance of failures, the engagement of key stakeholders, monitoring and reporting, and the importance of remaining technology-neutral.

Lessons on the low-carbon energy transformation

These lessons look at the “what,” i.e. at what sort of initiatives are particularly effective in promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency on the ground. They include the role of carbon finance, financing, low-carbon energy business models, low-carbon energy in buildings, and the role of specific regulation and broadbrush policy.

The electronic pre-print version of the full article can be downloaded below.