Access to Sustainable Renewable Energy in Africa as prerequisite for the MDG’s


The African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) will be organizing a conference on “Access to Sustainable Renewable Energy in Africa as Prerequisite for the MDGs”, at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre, Italy, from 22nd-26th May, 2012.

The conference will focus on the identification and promotion of framework conditions and instruments necessary for expanding renewable energy deployments in Africa, with the goal of improving the welfare of the African populace as well as their environment. Specifically, the conference will consist of consultations around four innovative areas for renewable energy promotion, namely: micro-financed off-grid systems, mini-grids in connection with telecommunication infrastructure, financing mechanisms for thermal applications and scaling up access by switching from fossil to renewable.

Africa Carbon Forum


The ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), in collaboration with Kommunalkredit Public Consulting (KPC), the Belgian Federal JI/CDM Programme and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), will jointly be hosting a side event, titled “Harnessing Carbon Market Opportunities in Africa", at the African Carbon Forum, UNCC Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the 19thof April, 2012.

Through this side event, ECREEE, and its partners, aims to:

ECOWAS Regional Workshop on Renewable Energy Policies, Incentive Schemes and Planning tools


The ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) jointly organized a four-day training workshop on Renewable Energy (RE) Policies, Incentive Schemes and Planning Tools from  the 9th to 12th of April 2012, in Praia, Cape Verde. The workshop helped  reinforce capacities amongst the ECOWAS Member States concerning energy planning and policy to promote renewable energies at the national level. Over 70 participants attended the workshop from the Ministries of Energy and Finance of ECOWAS Member States, National Electricity Regulators, Regional and International Organizations, Bilateral and Multilateral Partners, and Utilities and Rural Electrification Agencies. The outcomes of the workshop include the following:



ECREEE in cooperation with its partners  from the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) including Brazil, Ghana, the Netherlands, Sweden, USA, UNDP, UNEP, UN FAO, and the UN Foundation, organized a regional bioenergy forum from the 19th – 22rd March 2012 in Bamako, Mali. The forum initiated an international dialogue and peer-to-peer learning to support the ECOWAS Member States in developing their bioenergy strategies, which will help meet their energy needs and create a vibrant and sustainable modern bioenergy sector that promotes economic growth, rural development, and poverty alleviation.  The Forum presented new methods and information developed by GBEP Partners and Observers on assessing the economic, environmental and social benefits and challenges of modern bioenergy.  Special emphasis was given to the means to promote simultaneously food and energy security and the possibility of alleviating the negative health and environmental effects that derive from the use of traditional biomass fuelwood for cooking.

RETScreen Training


RETScreen trainings in fifteen ECOWAS Countries

ECREEE is supporting national trainings on the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software in all fifteen ECOWAS countries. The national trainings follow-up on the regional train-the-trainers workshop held by ECREEE from 22 to 26 August 2011 in Kumasi, Ghana.

The national trainings aim at strengthening the local capacities on financial structuring and appraisal of renewable energy and energy efficiency investment projects. The trainings target key stakeholders such as policy makers, banks, project developers, utilities, trainers and researchers. ECREEE RETScreen workshops have usually a length of five days and trained participants have the possibility to do an exam and certification in the use of RETScreen. So far the ECREEE network trained more than 120 stakeholders.

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ECREEE COP-17 Side Event


Promoting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments in West Africa


The ECREEE COP-17 Side Event "Promoting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments for Sustainable Development in West Africa" is scheduled to take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban on 7 December 2011 from 16:45 to 18:15 (Room Apies River). The meeting brings together high-level speakers from ECOWAS, UNIDO, GEF, Austria, Spain and the European Commission.


2011 West Africa Club Forum


West Africa and Brazil: Addressing Renewable Energy Challenges

ECREEE in cooperation with the SWAC/OECD, the Government of Cape Verde and the Government of Brazil organized the 2011 West Africa Club Forum on "West Africa and Brazil: Addressing Renewable Energy Challenges", from 5 to 6 December 2011 in Praia, Cape Verde. The event followed up on the Brazilian pledge made by the President of Brazil at the ECOWAS-Brazil Summit in 2010 with regard to ECREEE and renewable energy promotion in West Africa. The joint conference was also a first step in the context of the intended ECREEE-SWAC cooperation. At the conference both parties agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding that shall set up a joint work programme for 2012 and kick off the production of a “Regional Atlas on Renewable Energy in West Africa”.



BIOMASS WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA CONGRESS 2011 will unravel the complex and rapidly shifting factors that impact wood biomass pricing and trade, and how regional and local opportunities await those with the medium and long term objectives to succeed in the vast new playing field. Some of the key highlights of the program are as follows:

  • Biomass Global Market Structure: pricing, tariffs, demand and supply matrices;
  • Identify real investment opportunities in ECOWAS, this multi-billion dollar industry;
  • Unraveling opportunities in Central Africa forestry and trade;
  • Demand Side Full: Growth needs in EU & North America;
  • Pellet Trade & Certification: What are the key drivers for harmonization?
  • Meeting the demand of sustainable supply and economics of large scale biomass co-firing & CHP;
  • Harmonizing shipping and logistics into international biomass trade.

This conference aims to provide networking opportunities for key biomass buyers, suppliers and investors in African biomass industry.”

ECREEE Regional Workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Access


ECREEE with the support of UNDP Regional Programme for Poverty Reduction (UNDP PREP) organised a Regional Workshop on the theme "Accelerating Universal Energy Access Through The Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency"  from the 24th – 26th of  October 2011 in Accra, Ghana. 

The objectives of workshop are as follows:

ECREEE Regional Workshop on GIS Energy Planning and RETScreen Training


The regional training workshop on GIS Energy Access Planning and RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis will take place from 22 to 26 August 2011 in Kumasi, Ghana. The workshop is jointly organized by ECREEE in cooperation with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and The Technology Energy Centre (TEC) of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana.

The detailed training schedule can be found in the aid memoire attached. The workshop is limited to invited persons from the ECOWAS Energy Ministries and national RE&EE training institutes. There is also a limited number of seats for private sector participants. If you are interested to participate please send your CV and short motivation statement toworkshop@ecreee.org.