IRENA and REEEP forms partnership

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) have formed a partnership in order to 'strengthen'.

The partnership was formalised after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a general cooperation framework, was signed by both organisations to cover a three year period.

Under the MoU terms, the organisations will collaborate on a number of projects, sharing expertise, information and viewpoints, with the aim of enhancing public dialogue and collaborating on projects.

It is expected the union will strengthen the organisations “good working relationship” and help to build a “strong strategic partnership”.

REEEP’s director general, Marianne Osterkorn, said: “The document lays out a clear roster of areas where we can collaborate productively.

“REEEP has a strong track record of targeted interventions on the ground, and solid regional presence, so it is good to be complementing each other’s strengths.”

IRENA’s director general, Adnan Amin, added: “IRENA strives to become an inclusive platform upon which governments, scientists, academia, investors and civil society can work together to build a framework to promote renewable energy.

“Joining forces with REEEP which has a wide membership is a first step in this direction.”

Various joint activities have already taken place, including a joint booth at the 2011 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

A spokesperson for REEEP told edie that “as both organisations operate on a different level there is unlikely to be any conflict of interest as the organisations complement each other, and we have already identified several areas for collaboration.”

IRENA was officially established in 2009 to promote the adoption of sustainable and renewable forms of energy and works with governments worldwide.

In contrast, REEEP is a non-profit organisation that was formed in 2002 to accelerate the market for clean-energy in emerging markets and developing countries and works “on the ground” helping governments put energy frameworks in place.

Carys Matthews

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