Since the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development
in 2002 a growing number of international partnerships have been formed,
many on energy. This page gives an overview of some of the main international/intergovernmental
partnerships and similar activities involved in sustainable energy.
EU Energy Initiative for Poverty
Eradication and Sustainable Development
An EU initiative started in 2002 on energy for development, mainly targeting
Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific. Its main achievement is the ACP-EU Energy
Facility to co-finance projects that deliver energy services to the poor. The
of projects with EU support totaling 198 mill. EUR are being implemented and
for the second round (second energy facility) with a budget of 100 mill. EUR,
projects are expected to start in 2011.
The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership was formed in
2002 with UK, Austria, and other countries as main partners. It supports
renewable energy with grants to co-finance smaller renewable energy businesses,
promotion of supporting policy frameworks for renewable energy markets,
and other activities. It has secretariat in Vienna and 8 regional secretariats.
See www.reeep.org .
Global Village Energy Partnership was formed in 2002 with UNDP and the
World Bank among the main partners. It is involved in projects and
promotion of local energy solutions for poverty reduction, and has
a growing membership of organisations and individuals. It has its main
office in London and an East African office in Nairobi. See www.gvepinternational.org .
Global Network of Energy Sustainable Development was formed in 2002 by
a group of research centre's including larger NGOs as ENDA in Senegal
and African Energy Policy Research Network based in Kenya. It is now
a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of 20 developing world centre's.
It carries out policy analysis on energy issues to reduce poverty and
reach the Millennium Development Goals. It has secretariat in Denmark
at the Danish UNEP Collaborating Centre. See: www.gnesd.org .
The Renewable Energy Network 21 was set up following the 2004 International
Renewable Energy Conference, Bonn, Germany. It promotes renewable energy,
publish global renewable energy status reports, and keep tracks of
commitments from the 2004 conference. It has an international steering
committee and a secretariat in Paris.
See www.ren21.net .
International Renewable Energy Agency is not a partnership, but a new
international organisation formed in Bonn, Germany, 26 January 2009
with countries as members. The organisation was ratified by the necessary
25 members and became a legal registered international organisation
by July 8, 2010. It will organise its first general assembly in April
2011. The budget for 2011 is 18 mill. USD. INFORSE-Europe
participated on the Founding Conference. Main office in Abu Dhabi,
also offices in Bonn and Vienna.
See: www.irena.org .
Collaborative Label and Appliance Standards Program was started in 1999
with support from the USA. Its main activity is to assist the implementation
of minimum energy performance standards and energy efficiency label
schemes. INFORSE-Europe is associate with CLASP. Office in Washington
DC. See: www.clasponline.org .
IEA Technology Agreements
The International Energy Agency (an agency of OECD) is organising a
number of “implementing agreements”to discuss technical
issues, including issues related to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
While these are not partnerships, they sometimes
cover similar activities. Members are usually interested countries.
Of the 42 agreements, about half of them deal with renewable energy
or energy efficiency.