14.12.2011

The Executive Director of ICLEI South Asia opens the launching of the Project launch after the traditional ‘lighting of the lamp’, he then invites the His Worshipful Mayor of Coimbatore, Thru SM Velusamy.

REEEP supported RE project launched

A workshop to officially launch the project ‘Local Renewables: South-South cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa.

A workshop to officially launch the project ‘Local Renewables: South-South cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa’ was organized in Coimbatore on December 12 by the South Asian arm of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI South Asia) and the Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation, with the support of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).

REEEP is an international non-profit change agent aiming to catalyse the market for renewable energy and energy efficiency. With particular focus on emerging markets and developing countries, REEEP ensures their activities are locally relevant and focused. For its functional success REEEP International relies on its strategically located regional secretariats in China, South – East Asia, Latin America, the United States, the People’s Republic of China and South Asia. The REEEP South Asia Regional Secretariat, based in New Delhi, India, was established in 2005 and is hosted and operated by the Asian Energy Institute. The organization has so far supported over 30 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in India, some of which are being scaled up and replicated in several regions.

ICLEI, an international association of local governments committed to sustainable development, has developed a local renewables (LR) initiative which steers city governments through the process of effectively integrating increased energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) generation into all city systems and activities. Under the latest project of this initiative, ICLEI South Asia aims to develop two model local renewables initiatives, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in South Africa, and the other in Yogyakarta city in Indonesia.

Indonesia and South Africa, both well represented through the project cities at the conference, are at a stage where national policies on climate change mitigation have being formulated and there is now scope for cities to begin taking concrete adaptation action. Coimbatore therefore was a fitting host for the conference considering its position as an advanced renewable energy city subsequent to its participation in the national Solar Cities programme which included implementation of energy initiatives, such as a wind-solar hybrid at the corporation bus station and an energy efficient street lighting system citywide.

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) (Gauteng province, South Africa), a full member of ICLEI, was chosen as one of the ‘Local Renewable Project Cities’ to learn and exchange knowledge with Indian Solar Cities that have already been part of the Local Renewables Programme. Over the course of the next 18 months, EMM will undertake a sectoral Green House Gas (GHG) inventory to showcase the cities current emissions profile. Drawing from the results ICLEI will develop, in partnership with EMM, an Action Plan for the adoption of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient initiatives in line with national policy, through involvement of a multi-tier stakeholder committee at the local level. The action plan will identify relevant demonstration projects in different sectors, implementing a pilot project and showcasing the process and results to observer cities with wide spread dissemination through a country workshop towards the end of the project.

For more on the launch visit the REEEP website or view the Project in detail here.


 
 
 
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