REEEP projects punch above their weight, an independent study shows

11-03-2009, Quebec City, Canada

REEEP activities achieve overproportionately high results for the level of funds disbursed, according to a study conducted by Consortium Le Groupe-conseil baastel ltée and Econoler International which analyzed the outputs and outcomes from 47 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the emerging markets and the developing world.

According to the study, 90% of REEEP projects in 2005-7 were “highly successful”, “successful” or “moderately successful” in achieving their stated goals. This was attributed to the partnership’s careful and well-targeted project selection process, as well as the efforts of the Regional Secretariats in engaging with local stakeholders.

The document also highlights 5 successful projects from Brazil, South Africa, China, India, and Kazahkstan. These illustrate that REEEP projects, which are clustered in policy-related and financing related themes, have been successful catalysts for significant follow-on effects, and show good practices in providing renewable energy and energy efficient services to the poor.
 
Looking to the future, the study noted that the increased use of toolkits could be useful in capturing the wide range of outputs produced by the implementing agencies, thus increasing the chances of cross-fertilisation between similar initiatives.
 
In his foreword to the study, the Hon. Ed Miliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the UK and a major REEEP donor, highlighted that REEEP is now a global effort including 42 governments, and confirmed the intention of the UK to work through REEEP on actions relating to climate change.

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