REEEP Regional Secretariat changes

11-06-2013, Melbourne, Australia and Vienna, Austria

Over the last decade, the global market for clean energy has seen tremendous growth with strong moves towards maturity in many country and regional markets. Since 2005, REEEPs Regional Secretariat in the Southeast Asia and Pacific has had a proud track record of delivering projects and information services to support this growth in our region. REEEP funding has enabled the delivery of a variety of innovative projects.

These projects have included a micro-ESCO in the Solomon Islands that allowed farmers to trade crops for solar-powered lighting (pictured above), the establishment of the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands (SEIAPI) and the development of policy, institutional and legal structures to implement the Tonga Energy Roadmap.

These investments were made possible through 3.215 million Australian dollars from the Australian Government and 150,000 New Zealand dollars from the government of New Zealand, as well as support from governments of UK and Norway and international organisations such as the OPEC Fund for International Development.
REEEPs activities in the region have been generously supported by Australia’s Clean Energy Council, the host organisation, and many of the Council’s members. Several individuals have also made significant voluntary contributions to the organisation, in particular REEEP Governing Board member and Southeast Asia and Pacific Chair, Mr Mark Fogarty. REEEP has been very grateful for this support.

To ensure that REEEP can continue to influence the development of clean energy markets most effectively, REEEP has reviewed its strategy and is now focused on identifying successful business models and driving their scale-up. REEEP is positioning itself as a pathfinder, connector and champion for up-scaling clean energy business models in developing countries.

As part of this new strategy, REEEP is changing the role and remit of its Regional Secretariats so they exist as a consequence of new co-operations that deliver specific projects or programmes.

In line with this change, the Clean Energy Council’s hosting of the Southeast Asia and Pacific Regional Secretariat of REEEP will conclude on 30 June 2013. From that date, the REEEP International Secretariat will be taking over the day-to-day project management, administration and stakeholder relations for REEEP in the region.

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