Promotion of renewables around the world

As federation of national renewable energy associations from EU Member States, EREF promotes the interests of the renewable energy sector by, among others, supporting the promotion of the use of renewable energy and European know-how, expertise and products.

Traditionally, many European renewable energy companies and producers seek business opportunities outside the EU, especially in Africa and Latin America. EREF promotes these activities by acting as information hub between European, African and international initiatives and European renewable energy stakeholders. EREF support interested companies with legal, political and administrative advice to enable increased business and investments opportunities.

EREF has joint activities with the following initiatives and organisations:

Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)

In order to accelerate the use of the vast potential for renewable energy in Africa and meet future energy needs, African and European leaders launched the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) at the First High-Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) in Vienna in September 2010.

The AEEP is a long-term framework for structured political dialogue and cooperation between Africa and the EU on energy issues of strategic importance, reflecting African and European needs. As an integral part of it, the RECP contributes to the AEEP 2020 Political Targets of a) bringing access to modern and sustainable energy services to at least an additional 100 million people by 2020, for health, education, water, cooking, etc. and of b) increasing the use of renewable energy by 2020.

Through the RECP Africa and Europe take joint action to help make Africa a prime destination for renewable energy investments. The RECP complements existing Africa-EU cooperation. It mobilises the technology expertise and innovation capacity of Europe in order to build knowledge and capacity and support the growth of a new industrial sector in Africa over the coming years. In addition, the programme makes a significant contribution to green growth by creating jobs, establishing markets and industries with local production and manufacturing capacities in the renewable energy sector.

Please visit the RECP Portal which features main RECP products and services for private sector stakeholders such as the Finance Instrument Database and country market briefings.

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

With a mandate from countries around the world, IRENA encourages governments to adopt enabling policies for renewable energy investments, provides practical tools and policy advice to accelerate renewable energy deployment, and facilitates knowledge sharing and technology transfer to provide clean, sustainable energy for the world’s growing population.

In collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), IRENA has offered concessional loans worth USD 350 million over seven annual funding cycles to promising renewable energy projects in developing countries.

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REN21 is the global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network that connects a wide range of key actors. REN21’s goal is to facilitate knowledge exchange, policy development and joint action towards a rapid global transition to renewable energy.

REN21 brings together governments, nongovernmental organisations, research and academic institutions, international organisations and industry to learn from one another and build on successes that advance renewable energy. To assist policy decision making, REN21 provides high quality information, catalyses discussion and debate and supports the development of thematic networks.

EREF is part of the multi-stakeholder Steering Committee which is the central governing entity of REN21.

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Sustainable Energy for All

The Sustainable Energy for All initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector, and civil society. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in 2011, it has three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  1. Ensure universal access to modern energy services.
  2. Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
  3. Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

These three objectives, each one important in its own right, reinforce each other in important ways. Affordable renewable energy technologies bring modern energy services to rural communities where extension of the conventional power grid is prohibitively expensive and impractical. Bolstering energy efficiency can provide substantial cost savings to governments, businesses and households, while freeing up power for other more productive uses.

Achieving the three objectives together will maximize development benefits and help stabilize climate change over the long run.

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100% RE campaign

The intention of Global 100%RE is to connect the fragmented dots of renewable energy advocates worldwide to build a global 100% renewable energy alliance, proving that being powered by 100% sustainable renewable energy is urgent and achievable. Hereby this unique campaign builds on initiatives that already take place on national, regional and local level. The overall goal is to up the debate on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal as well as establish a global network of 100% RE regions.

Global 100%RE was founded by partners from civil society, industry, science and policy and was launched in April 2013 in San Francisco, US.

The network campaigns for 100% renewable energy in power, heating/cooling, and transport sectors globally; new investments in energy systems must be 100% renewable energy based immediately; and a decentralized and people-centered approach as the fastest way to transform and benefit societies.

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Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is an international business association representing the decentralised energy sector working towards the integration of renewables into rural electrification markets in developing and emerging countries.

ARE enables improved energy access through business development support for more than 90 members along the whole value chain for off-grid technologies by targeted advocacy and facilitating access to international and regional funding.

Since its creation in 2006, ARE has been serving as a global platform for sharing knowledge and best practices to provide for the rapid implementation of available and advanced RE technologies and services.

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Engineers Without Borders

Engineers without Borders, was founded in 2004 by Bernard Amadei, who also founded Engineers without Borders-USA in 2001. Engineers without Borders International acts as an umbrella organisation for the different regional members.

As an acknowledged non-profit aid organization Engineers without Borders offers international development cooperation through scientific engineering projects. It solve urgent problems in the areas of water, sanitary and energy supply as well as building bridges.

The non-profit aid organization wants to ensure that basic infrastructural needs can be offered to people in remote regions. To them, successful development cooperation means that practical and professional solutions can be developed and implemented together with local partners. Engineers without Borders transfers know-how to other aid organizations and people in need.

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World Alliance for Efficient Solutions

EREF is a founding member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions which brings together the main actors involved in developing, financing or promoting products, services, processes and technologies that protect the environment in a profitable way. To this end, the Alliance assesses the solutions submitted by its Members, with the help of independent technical and financial Experts, and select 1000 of the most promising ones. They will be labelled as Efficient Solutions and presented to governments, businesses and institutions at COP 24 to encourage them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies. 

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