Regional Expert Meeting on Climate Change and Enhanced RE Deployment in West and Central Africa



With over two thirds of global emissions coming from the energy sector, action to reduce carbon intensity in energy production and use has become critical in the fight against climate change. The role of renewable energy and energy efficiency is already widely acknowledged as key means for the de-carbonisation of energy systems.

The Paris Agreement that was adopted at the twenty first session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (“COP21”) heralds a new era of climate action involving all countries and taking into account their specific circumstances, priorities, responsibilities and respective capabilities. The pledges and plans for climate action through intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) that had been submitted in the lead up and during the conference will be inscribed in the Agreement after signature and form the basis for action to be undertaken towards the overall objective of limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius.

ECOWAS Regional Training Workshop on Energy Audit for Buildings


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Clean Energy Solutions Centre (CESC) organized a week-long training workshop on energy audits for commercial and residential buildings.

Held from 7 – 11 December 2015, the workshop brought together over 30 female and male participants from the public and private sector in the ECOWAS region . The first of a series of targeted training activities on energy efficiency, this workshop aimed to lay the foundation for more to come by exposing participants to the technical, economic and policy aspects of developing a sustainable energy audit market in the region.

Validation workshop on ECOWAS Bioenergy Policy, Forest Assessment Report and WACCA Action Plan


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), under the sponsorship of the United Nations Development Cooperation (UNDP), Austria Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and with the support of the Government of Senegal is organized a three-day validation workshop for the ECOWAS Bioenergy Policy document, ECOWAS Forest Resources Assessment Report and the WACCA Action Plan from 30th September to 2nd October 2015 in Dakar, Senegal

The Forum will brought together top-level policy and decision makers from the Ministries of Energy and Forestry in all the 15 ECOWAS Member States (MS). Other stakeholders from Civil Society Organizations, private sector actors, policy research institutions active in sustainable bioenergy promotion, and technical and financial partners supporting sustainable development, which undoubtedly promote renewable energy and energy efficiency were present in the workshop

ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy & Investment High Level Forum


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the CTI Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI-PFAN), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) are jointly organizing the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Policy and Investment High Level Forum from 14th to 18th September 2015 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The event is supported by the Spanish Agency for international Development Cooperation (AECID), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), the European Union (EU), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

The Forum is featuring:

ECREEE Organizes Strategy Meeting for a Regional Climate Change program


The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) is organizing a 3 day Inception and Strategy meeting from 7th to 9th  of July 2015 to develop a framework for a Regional Climate Change Program for the ECOWAS region.

The ECOWAS region is among the most vulnerable ones to the impacts of climate change. While countries in the region are experiencing economic growth they need long-term stable and scaled up support to achieve a paradigm shift towards a low carbon and climate resilient development. ECREEE intends to put in place a regional programme to support the ECOWAS member states to build their capacities and readiness to access opportunities for climate finance and advance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the region, which highlights the core mandate of ECREEE.

The 3-day meeting will take place at the ECREEE secretariat in Praia Cabo Verde and will feature the participation of key experts and climate change intelligentsias from the region as well as represenatives from key strategic institutions.

Support facility provides advisory assistance to small and medium-sized Renewable Energy enterprises (now open)


With electricity demand increasing in the ECOWAS region, renewable energy technologies hold promise to provide the necessary energy generation and fill the demand and supply gap currently existing. In renewable energy as in other sectors, private-sectors are often best placed to identify local needs and create tailor-made solutions. In this sense the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched a solar PV market (ProsPER) initiative in 2011, for “Promoting Sustainable Market for Solar Photovoltaic Systems in the ECOWAS Region.”

Validation Workshop for the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access


The ECOWAS Department of Social Affairs and Gender and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (ECREEE) are organizing a regional Gender and Energy workshop to validate the ECOWAS policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access. The workshop would take place from 4 - 5 June, 2015, at the Radisson Hotel, in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop is being organized in partnership with the Government of Senegal, the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

The workshop will bring together energy and gender experts from the Ministries of Energy in the ECOWAS region, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and research institutions, development partners, and representatives of other relevant stakeholder institutions.

EUBCE 2015 - 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition


The EUBCE is the event in which the members of the bioenergy community can get a broad picture of the situation and trends emerging in today's market.

The Conference provides a high-level scientific programme and parallel events which attract participants from a wide-ranging background: researchers, engineers, technologists, standards organisations, financial institutions, policy makers and decision makers.

This event is supported by European and international organizations. The Technical Programme is coordinated by DG Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

ECOWAS Capacity Building Workshop on Sustainable Management of Forest (SMF) with a focus on REDD+


A workshop on sustainable management of forest with a focus on REDD+ was organised by ECREEE and its partners in Niamey from 27-29 April 2015 with the aim of enhancing capacities of member states on sustainable supply of woody biomass. The objective of the workshop was to share information and knowledge to enhance capacities of relevant actors within the wood energy sector value-chain.

Specific objectives of the workshop were as follow:

Kick off Meeting and Regional Technical training ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Training and Demonstration Program - “SOLtrain West Africa”


As part of the efforts of ECREEE to promote the use of sustainable and renewable energy resources and technologies in West Africa, ECREEE will launch the ECOWAS Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Program (in short: SOLtrain West Africa) on the 201th of April 2015 at the CERMI, Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance - Praia, Cabo Verde

The ECOWAS Solar Thermal Energy Training and Demonstration Program is one of ECREEEs flagship projects developed ensuing the strong political will of the ECOWAS heads states and government to sustainable energy for all in the region through the adoption of the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policies in 2013.

The ECOWAS renewable energy policy set targets for solar thermal energy for water heating in schools, hospitals, buildings, hotels and even for industrial processes . The objective of the program SOLtrain West Africa is thus to make a significant contribution to the switch from a fossil fuel based energy supply to a sustainable energy supply system based on renewable energies, especially on solar thermal.