The 7th Meeting of the Sectorial Council on Energy of the East African Community (EAC), held in October 2011, mandated the EAC Secretariat to establish the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) with the aim of creating an integrated and inclusive regional EAC market for sustainable energy and climate technology products and services. The increased availability and local supply of these is an important contribution to address the existing rural energy access challenges, increase the competitiveness and productivity of domestic businesses and industry, and improve the environmental footprint of the region (local pollution, GHG emissions). Sustainable energy plays an important role to achieve the set goals in the EAC Industrialisation Policy, covering the period 2012 to 2032. In this context, the EACREEE focus lies on strengthening the productive and innovation capacities of domestic energy businesses to participate in the global value chains of sustainable energy manufacturing and servicing.
The technical and institutional design of the centre was developed during a consultative preparatory process, which was executed by the EAC Secretariat with the technical assistance of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the financial support of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). At the 33rd Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers held in Arusha, Tanzania on 29th February 2016, it was decided to establish EACREEE as a Centre of Excellence at the Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) in Kampala, Uganda. Following further consultations, the Centre was registered with the legal name “East African Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Efficiency Ltd” (EACREEE) – as a non-for-profit company limited by guarantee under the Ugandan Law. EACREEE is member of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC).
After receiving its full legal identity, the centre is currently transiting from UNIDO interim arrangements to its own operations. During the interim-phase, the centre has implemented initial technical activities, established its governance structure and finalised its internal rules and procedures. EACREEE is currently establishing its strategic long-term planning framework. In this context, UNIDO and EACREEE are desirous of engaging a professional service provider to develop the 2019-2024 Business Plan and Action Plan for Implementation. The envisaged business model of the centre is based on mobilization of resources from EAC Member States, climate and development funds, fee-for-services and RE&EE project development, deployment and operations.
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