Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE)
Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

The partnership aims at the establishment of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) under the umbrella of the CARICOM Energy Policy. The regional centre of excellence will support the Caribbean Island Countries and Territories (CICTs) in the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable energy investments and markets by mitigating existing barriers. The centre will coordinate and implement programs, projects and activities in the areas of capacity and policy development, information and data sharing, as well as investment and business promotion. It will demonstrate leadership in the coordination of donor activities and will act as regional hub for sustainable energy issues and activities.

Implementation methodologies

The creation of the centre responds to the difficult energy situation in many of the Caribbean islands. The countries are facing the challenges of access to affordable energy services, energy security and climate change mitigation and adaptation simultaneously. There is a common understanding that a coordinated regional approach is a cost-effective way to address the existing barriers for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) investments and markets in the Caribbean. The centre of excellence will address the following barriers: a.) Weak execution of sustainable energy policy commitments (e.g. laws, standards, incentives); b.) Standard procedures to guide the involvement of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) or Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are weakly implemented;c.) Lack of capacities of local energy training institutions and other RE&EE market enablers (e.g. utility experts, project developers, banks, installers); d.) Lack of local RE&EE consultants and hardware and service companies; e.) Weak experience of utilities with RE grid integration and management of grid losses and energy management standards;f.) Lack of coordination and strategic steering of ongoing RE off-grid activities; g.) Due to small island markets and high transaction costs investors are hesitant to invest; h.) Lack of awareness on the economics and technical feasibility of RE technologies and EE measures (e.g. standards for buildings and appliances, demand side management)

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The establishment of regional train-the-trainer networks and south-south/north-south partnerships for knowledge and technology transfer will be a core activity of the centre. The centre will cooperate closely with other regional centers such as the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) and the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The Secretariat of the centre will be hosted by one of the existing energy institutions in the Caribbean and work in accordance with local rules and procedures. The centre will be governed by an Executive Board and work through a network of National Focal Institutions (NFIs) among various Caribbean islands. The preparatory process for the centre is coordinated by CARICOM in close partnership with UNIDO. The process is supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC), SIDS DOCK and GIZ.


United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) SIDS DOCK represented by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA) National utilities, regulators and IPPs Local companies and industry in the sustainable energy sector National and regional financing institutions and banks National training and applied research institutes and academia Caribbean Island Countries and Territories (CICTs)
Final Design of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) agreed
2015 to 2018
CCREEE fully operational and technical program under implementation
Resources devoted to implementation
Other, please specify
Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff / Technical expertise
Other, please specify
Staff / Technical expertise
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Caribbean Island Countries and Territories (PICTs)
Date of completion: December 2018
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Mr. Pradeep Monga, p.monga@unido.org; mlugmayr@unido.org

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