At the end of the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), 3600 delegates from 82 countries adopted a declaration expressing their conviction that the increased deployment of renewable energy will have a direct impact on improved global energy access, improved energy security, on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and on climate change and sustainable economic development. The delegates declared that in order to make the global transition to renewable energy happen rapidly, the following elements are crucial: promoting transparent and effective procurement processes; advancing renewable energy globally; promoting skills transfer and development; securing financial resources; conducting research and development; prioritising regulatory frameworks, localising supply chains and local investment; emphasising integrated planning; regionalising trade and energy resource development; conducting programmes for infrastructural development in Africa; embarking on clean energy corridor initiatives and focusing on the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI); regional cooperation and international cooperation. Participants of SAIREC considered sustainable development goals on sustainable and modern energy for all, with its three targets on access, renewables and energy efficiency, to constitute a solid guiding framework for their deliberations and future cooperation with special focus on RE-energising Africa. The complete SAIREC 2015 Declaration is available here.
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The SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency was inaugurated today at the plenary session of SAIREC 2015. SACREEE aims to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and the development of markets, through sharing information and best practices, developing sound policy, regulatory, and legal frameworks, and building the capacity within SADC member states for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
REN21 and UNIDO side event took place on Monday from 18.00 – 19.30 This side event was organised by REN21 and UNIDO and showcased the achievements of regional cooperation in promoting market-based uptake of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services. The event outlined who the players are, what has been done, and the future potential of such collaborations. The SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report was launchedat this event. The report presents a comprehensive regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry developments in the SADC region.
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