REEEP Launches Secretariat in South Asia

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) opened its South Asia Regional Secretariat within the Asian Energy Institute (AEI) in New Delhi last month.

South Asia is an important region for the REEEP. Improving access to energy for the rural poor is key to sustainable development in the region. South Asia, home to more than 1.3 billion people representing approximately one-fifth of the world’s population, is witnessing rapid rates of development. REEEP believes that renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives provide opportunities to address development issues in a sustainable, economic manner. “The passing of the Regional Secretariat to the Asian Energy Institute represents something of a coming of age for REEEP in South Asia. I am confident that the impact of REEEP and REEEP-funded projects will play an increasingly beneficial role as renewable energy and energy efficiency become by-words for success in the public and private sector across the region,” said Mark Runacres, British Deputy High Commissioner. The REEEP Secretariat will cover Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, coordinating REEEP activities in the region. The AEI brings together leading energy experts from 11 energy institutes from across the Asian region and is chaired by the former Indonesian Energy Minister, Professor Salim, who last year authored the Extractive Industries report for the World Bank. The expertise of AEI is supplemented by the core expertise in energy policy and financing by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). “Many countries in South Asia have large and pioneering renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, and India has been one of the REEEP priority countries since the inception of its programs,” said Dr. R. K. Pachauri, a REEEP Governing Board member and Director-General of TERI. He added that REEEP has so far supported several initiatives in financing, policy and regulation in South Asia under its programs and will continue to support more initiatives in the region under its recently announced fourth program round. “As one of the world’s most rapidly developing economies, India and the South Asia region have the opportunity to learn what worked and what has not in regulated and de-regulated energy sectors” said Dr. Marianne Osterkorn, REEEP’s International Director. “Implementing strong and supportive policies and regulations which promote energy efficiency and renewable energy are critical if we are to properly address issues of energy security, poverty reduction and climate change.”
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