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  • Asian Energy Institute to represent REEEP in India and South Asia

    30 November 2005

    The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) announced the opening of its South Asia Regional Secretariat within the Asian Energy Institute (AEI) in New Delhi today.

    South Asia is an important region for the REEEP. Improving access to energy for the rural poor is key to sustainable development in the region. South Asia is home to more than 1.3 billion people representing approximately one fifth of the world's population and it is witnessing rapid rates of development. REEEP believes that renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives provide opportunities to address development issues in a sustainable, economic manner.

    Dr R K Pachauri, a REEEP Governing Board member and Director-General of TERI stated that, "Many countries in South Asia have large and pioneering renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes; and India has been one of the REEEP priority countries since the inception of its programmes." He noted that REEEP has so far supported several initiatives in financing, policy and regulation in South Asia under its programmes and will continue to support more initiatives in the region under its recently announced fourth programme round.

    The secretariat will cover Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, co-ordinating REEEP activities in the region. The AEI brings together leading energy experts from 11 energy institutes from across the Asian region and is chaired by the former Indonesian Energy Minister, Professor Salim, who last year authored the Extractive Industries report for the World Bank. The expertise of AEI is supplemented by the core expertise in energy policy and financing by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

    Dr Marianne Osterkorn, REEEP's International Director, noted that, "As one of the world's most rapidly developing economies, India and the South Asia region has the opportunity to learn what worked and what has not in regulated and de-regulated energy sectors. Implementing strong and supportive policies and regulations which promote energy efficiency and renewable energy are critical if we are to properly address issues of energy security, poverty reduction and climate change."

    Mr Mark Runacres, Deputy High Commissioner, British High Commission, Delhi, speaking on the occasion, said, "The REEEP, launched at the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit and developed successfully since, has caught the imagination of many around the world and around India. Several Indian States are already members and are active participants in the network REEEP provides. The passing of the Regional Secretariat to the Asian Energy Institute represents something of a coming of age for REEEP in South Asia. I am confident that the impact of REEEP and REEEP-funded projects will play an increasingly beneficial role as renewable energy and energy efficiency become by-words for success in the public and private sector across the region."

    Background on REEEP

    The Renewable Energy and Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a public-private partnership formed in 2002 during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and has the status of an international NGO.

    REEEP currently consists of 140 partners (39 of which are governments) and is one of the key partnerships in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. REEEP receives financial contributions from Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. As the main donor, the United Kingdom has supported REEEP since its inception.

    The aim of REEEP is to contribute significantly to the global uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency by carrying out projects that help to remove barriers to the marketplace for clean energy. Since the G8 Energy Task Force identified unfavourable policy and regulations and the lack of finance as obstacles, REEEP projects concentrate on improving the legal framework for renewable energies and energy efficiency, and also on developing new financial models to accelerate the interest of the private sector to renewables and energy efficiency projects. REEEP projects are driven by regional demand and supported by the REEEP regional network of secretariats, nine of which have been established around the globe.