Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

EUEI-PDF The Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme was launched at the High-Level Meeting in September 2010 in Vienna as an integral part of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP).

The RECP start-up phase (2011–2013) has received a financial contribution from the European Commission, comprising one component implemented by the French Agence Française de Développement on Capacity Development for Project Preparation and Mobilisation of Financing, and two components implemented by the EU Energy Inititative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF):
• Implementation support to Renewable Energy Policies and the Development of Markets;
• Development of the main RECP programme spanning 2014–2020.

In order to implement the start-up phase of the RECP and develop the main RECP programme for the period 2014–2020, EUEI PDF is pleased to announce the recruitment of two new staff members specifically designated to the RECP.

Start-up Phase (2011–2013)
The two implementing agencies for the RECP start-up phase, EUEI PDF and AFD are closely collaborating on the identification of priority activities. They jointly presented an Action Plan for the start-up phase to the Joint Experts Group (JEG) that was endorsed by the JEG meeting in March 2011 in Mauritius.

Support to Renewable Energy Policies
EUEI PDF is initiating its first activities under the policy advisory services component of the start-up phase. One is based on a request from the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) based in Praia, Cape Verde. The EUEI PDF will support ECREEE in the development of regional renewable energy policy guidelines, which will be piloted in several countries with the objective of providing good examples of renewable energy policy for other countries. Ultimately, the development of coherent renewable energy policies is expected to facilitate renewable energy investments and applications leading to improved energy access, energy security and a reduction of the energy system’s environmental impacts. Discussions are on-going with other African countries and regions with regard to support for renewable energy policies under the RECP start-up phase.

Development of a Research and Higher Education Component
The EUEI PDF has also developed a conceptual design for a fourth start-up phase component on Research and Higher Education. The Component intends to train the next generation of energy professionals while at the same time strengthening African research institutions in order to build up the innovation capacity in Africa. Discussions are on-going with regard to donor support for this component.

Development of the main RECP Programme (2014–2020)
Based on the guiding vision presented by the German Co-Chair of the AEEP to the last Joint Experts Group (JEG) meeting in March 2011 in Mauritius, and comments received by partici- pants, the EUEI PDF is currently developing the conceptual basis for the main RECP programme for the period 2014–2020. The guiding vision presented in Mauritius comprised four Action Areas, aiming to tap the vast potential of renewable energy on the African continent, contribut- ing to energy access, improved energy security and a reduction of fossil fuel dependence.

The RECP aims to make Africa a prime destination for renewable energy investments. Building on the achievements during the start-up phase, Action Area 1: Policy Advisory Services will help countries and regions develop comprehensive renewable energy policies in order to build a conducive environment for renewable energy investments. Action Area 2: Flagship Investment Projects will help bring concrete projects with a promising market potential to bankability and facilitate their financing. Based on the Research and Higher Education Component of the start-up phase, Action Area 3: Technology Innovation and Capacity Development will further strengthen African research institutions, focusing on innovation, and academic and practical capacities in the field of renewable energy. Action Area 4: Private Sector Match Making will create opportunities for African and European private sectors to closely link and develop businesses.

For further information on the EU Energy Inititative Partnership Dialogue Facility (EUEI PDF) click on their website.

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