ECOWAS Council of Ministers adopts Sustainable Energy Policies and Small Hydro Power Programme

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    The 70th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers on Friday, 21 June 2013 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire considered and adopted the ECOWAS Policies on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, as well as the ECOWAS Small-Scale Hydro Power Programme and the ECOWAS Bio-energy Strategy.
    This followed the adoption of the report of the 11th Meeting of ECOWAS Energy Ministers, which was presented by the Honourable Oluniyi Robbin-Coker, Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The regional RE&EE policies have been recommended to the Authority of Heads of State and Government for adoption. The regional policies represent a voluntary contribution of ECOWAS to the attainment of the SE4ALL targets in West Africa.

    The regional energy frameworks and strategies were adopted against the background of the persistent energy crisis currently facing the region and its effects on the economic development of Member States. The Council, in adopting them, therefore joined the Energy Ministers in expressing their commitment to the improvement of energy security and increased access to modern energy services through the promotion and use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in ECOWAS Member States.

    During the next years, ECREEE will lead the process of implementing the regional RE&EE policies on national levels. This process will also result in the development and execution of SE4ALL road maps for the entire ECOWAS region. The development and execution of the regional policies is being supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Africa-EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP), the Governments of Austria and Spain, as well as the GEF Strategic Programme for West Africa (GEF-SPWA).

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