ECOWAS Workshop on Energy Policy Tools of the Global Energy Assessment

 E C R E E E , in partnership with the United Nations I n d u s t r i a l Devel opmen t Orga n i z a t ion (UNIDO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) organized a one-day workshop on key findings and tools of the Global Energy A s s e s s m e n t (GEA). The workshop was held on 12 April 2012 in Praia, Cape Verde, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The workshop was attended by more than 60 energy experts and policy makers from the ECOWAS region.The workshop considered the key findings of the GEA which was published during Rio+20.

Fifth Executive Board Meeting of ECREEE

 The Fifth Executive Board Meeting of ECREEE was held on Friday 13 April 2012 at the ECREEE Secretariat in Praia, Cape Verde. The main objective of the meeting was to adopt the Report of the Implementation of the ECREEE 2011 Work Plan and the ECREEE Business Plan 2011–16 (the Business Plan is available at web portal

ECREEE Conducts Capacity Building on Renewable Energy Policies and Incentive Schemes

ECREEE, in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Spanish Institute for Energy Diversification and Savings (IDAE), organized a two-day intensive training course on “National Renewable Energy Policies and Incentive Schemes”. The training, held from 9–10 April 2012 in Praia, Cape Verde is part of an ongoing effort by ECREEE to reinforce capacities among the ECOWAS Member States in the area of energy planning and policy formulation aimed at promoting renewable energy at the national level.

ECOWAS Small-Scale Hydro Power Programme Receives Strong Support from ECOWAS Member States

 ECREEE, in collaboration with UNIDO, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) of the World Bank, as well as the Government of Liberia, and supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID), conducted a key workshop on small-scale hydro power (SSHP) development for West Africa from 16– 20 April 2012 in Monrovia, Liberia.The event featured a two-day SSHP capacity building seminar and a three-day technical meeting to report on the status of SSHP in the ECOWAS countries as well as to validate the draft project

ECOWAS Adopts Strategy to Promote Sustainable Bioenergy Development in West Africa

ECREEE and the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) co-organized the first ECOWAS Regional Bio-energy Forum, in Bamako, Mali, from 19–21 March 2012. The objective was to deliberate on strategies, through multi-stakeholders’ dialogue and exchange of experience, for promoting the transition from traditional use of biomass resources to a modernized and efficient utilization of these resources.

ECOWAS Agrees on Green Energy Policies as a Voluntary Commitment to the SE4ALL Initiative

 ECOWAS is working towards a voluntary commitment to the Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL) of the UN Secretary-General presented at Rio+20. At a regional validation workshop, held from 25–28 June 2012 in Dakar, Senegal, the Directors of the ECOWAS Ministries of Energy agreed on the main targets and pillars of regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policies for the ECOWAS region.

1st Edition of the ECOWAS RE Investment and Business Forum

The first Edition of the ECOWAS RE Investment and Business Forum was attended by about 90 participants coming from Senegal and the remaining the ECOWAS member countries, Europe and USA on the 27th and 28th of September in Dakar (Senegal). An ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) activity which was jointly organized with African Development Bank (AfDB).

ECOWAS Ministers adopt RE&EE policies

During the ECOWAS High Level Energy Forum the ECOWAS Ministers of Energy adopted the ECOWAS Renewable Energy Policy and the ECOWAS Energy Efficiency Policy. The conference report and photos are available at the IISD website.

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