UNDP Supports RCREEE’s Annual Energy Efficiency Index

Cairo, Egypt – March 13, 2014 – The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed a Letter of Agreement to engage in a grant collaboration for RCREEE’s flagship publication, the AFEX Energy Efficiency.

The UNDP grant aims to support RCREEE with the research and analysis of its annual assessment and benchmark report, the Arab Future Energy Index™ (AFEX) on Energy Efficiency. In particular, the grant will serve to expand the scope of the 2014 edition of AFEX to cover energy efficiency in the transport sector, institutional capacity and demand side management in RCREEE’s 13 Arab member states. Under the agreement terms, the UNDP grant will allow for more comprehensive research on the state of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the MENA region.

The signing ceremony took place at the UNDP Regional Center in Cairo in presence of Ms. Alia Al Dalli, UNDP-RCC Manager and Dr. Kishan Khoday, UNDP Regional Practice Leader for Environment & Energy, and Dr. Tareq Emtairah, RCREEE’s Executive Director. The grant agreement comes at a time when renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities are abounding in the MENA region. It also proves the impact that AFEX’s first edition on 2013 created.

“RCREEE is delighted about this grant agreement and we look forward to working more closely with UNDP to enable more sustainable energy opportunities in the MENA region. Hopefully, this is the start of a strong partnership”, said Dr. Emtairah at the signing ceremony

“Energy is a foundation for human development, and expanding access to sustainable energy solutions remains a major challenge across the Arab region. UNDP is pleased to be cooperating with RCREEE as a lead regional institutional leading the fight for expanded use of sustainable energy solutions to the region’s growing challenges. A comprehensive regional state of energy report like AFEX is crucial for understanding renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in the region.  “, said Dr. Khoday from UNDP.

The grant agreement marks the start of an important partnership between RCREEE and UNDP and in addition to the initial cooperation for AFEX 2014, discussions have also commenced underway to explore capacity development initiatives in countries in the Arab region to achieve regional and national sustainable energy goals. 

About AFEX:

The Arab Future Index (AFEX) is the first native Arab annual index that analyzes and ranks RCREEE member stats on their sustainable energy capacities and competitiveness. AFEX Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency offers a comprehensive quantitative and qualitative assessment of the current state of sustainable energy governance and markets in its 13 Member States. The annual reports provide tailored recommendations for RCREEE member states to help improve their sustainable energy competitiveness. Key findings on the AFEX Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for 2013 can be found here.

About the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE):

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an independent not-for-profit regional organization that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in the Arab region. RCREEE teams with regional governments and global organization to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of tomorrow’s energy.

About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):

Since 1966 UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP strengthens national capacity to manage the environment in a sustainable manner to advance poverty reduction efforts. Through our country teams in 135 developing countries, we help our partners build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, establish effective partnerships, secure resources, and implement programmes to support sustainable, low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways.

For more information about RCREEE, please visit www.rcreee.org

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