REEEP invests in clean energy markets to help developing countries expand modern energy services and improve lives; increase prosperity and economic dynamism and keep CO2 emissions in check: a paradigm commonly known as green growth. REEEP’s tools are modern clean energy technologies – renewable energy and energy efficiency – market forces, and knowledge management. REEEP is a network of Regional Secretariats around the globe, ensuring that all activities are locally relevant and focused. SANEDI hosts the REEEP Regional Secretariat for Southern Africa. The Partnership develops sector-specific interventions, and has so far globally funded 154 clean energy projects in 57 countries disbursing €14.4 million and leveraging an additional €29.4 million in co-funding.
Leveraging a strategic portfolio of high impact investments, REEEP creates, adapts and shares knowledge to build sustainable markets for renewable energy and energy efficient solutions; advance energy access, improve lives and economic opportunities; and reduce climate and environmental damage.
REEEP has a strong focus on identifying realistic business propositions for clean energy (this includes both energy efficiency and renewable energy), defining the conditions needed to make particular propositions succeed (leading to policy provisions and investment), and on working with partners both in the public and private sector to implement these solutions. Through linking people and information, REEEP aims to improve the enabling environment particularly in developing and least developed countries; spearheading communications, information and data provision for clean energy solutions.
REEEP monitor, evaluate and learn from their portfolio of projects to understand complex systems, identify opportunities and barriers to success, and lower risk for market actors, while promoting market transformation. This insight influences policy, encourages public and private investment, and informs its portfolio strategy to build scale within and replication across markets.
REEEP aims to facilitate the wide availability of reliable and coherent clean energy information, and to ensure that all information and learnings from REEEP activities are made available in useful and digestible forms. The clean energy info portal www.reegle.info is REEEP’s broadest information and data sharing tool which attracts 220 000 users per month and supports individual champions of clean energy with networking opportunities. The portal targets the clean energy-interested public in emerging countries, RE and EE policy makers, and project implementers. In REEEP’s latest call for projects, nine projects in Africa were selected for funding including countries South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Cote D'Ivoire, Benin, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. In addition to these 9 new projects, there are currently a further ten projects on-going across Africa from previous funding calls.
To best support the growth of clean energy markets in developing countries, REEEP focuses on developing insights, nurturing networks and creating impact in several key areas: Smart Cities, Interconnected Systems (e.g. Food energy water nexus) and Access to Energy. Within these areas, REEEP has further focused its portfolio to target high-potential, high-return sectors, technologies, business models and markets. Each of these represents a Pathway for REEEP to drive market change. REEEP SA has a focus on various focal areas including the Food Energy Water Nexus.
The REEEP Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Agrifood Pathway stems from REEEP's recognition of the critical need for investment in agricultural value chains in developing countries. The agriculture sector is hugely important for ensuring food security for rapidly growing populations, and providing economic security for numerous people participating in the various stages of agricultural value chains, from farm to table. Food-producing agriculture (agrifood) value chains can and must undergo innovation to increase efficiency and yields, enhance variety, and meet the new dietary demands of the growing middle-classes worldwide. To do so sustainably they must reduce waste and pollution, better manage and conserve water resources, and ensure that local prosperity is improved.
REEEP is supporting African countries in their transition to an Inclusive Green Economy, and promoting a shift toward Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) practices and patterns. This is being implemented through the SWITCH Africa Green programme, and REEEP and SANEDI seek to lay the groundwork for South African MSMEs and eco-entrepreneurs in the agricultural and waste management sectors as they begin and manage this transition. SWITCH Africa Green is an EU funded programme implemented by United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Selected pilot countries include: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda. The project objectives are to increase awareness, up-take and successful implementation of SCP practices and sustainable energy opportunities for MSMEs in agri-food value chains in South Africa, interlinking with established initiatives and build existing insights. The target group and final beneficiaries of the program are MSMEs in the Agriculture and Integrated Waste Management sectors in South Africa, for whom a stakeholder platform will be established and a series of capacity building and training workshops provided.
SANEDI partnered with Coal and Waste Utilization (CWU) and the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) to pioneer Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) technology at the KwaMashu Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTWs) in 2010. The plant essentially converts sewer sludge into an environmentally friendly fuel, which can be combusted to produce steam and electricity. Apart from the sludge, biomass can be added, as a supplementary fuel which is more affordable than coal.
The existing FBR plant can be retrofitted with heat recovery and a power generation unit to produce a minimum of 1.25MW (megawatts) of electricity, which can be fed into the City’s electrical grid, and supply green energy to businesses and residential homes
Ash which is produced as a by-product, can be used to manufacture cement blocks, which can be used to build low cost-low homes.
The project has several environmental benefits which includes the safe treatment and disposal of hazardous sewerage sludge. Improved legal compliance by way of better emissions control, prevention of sewer spills on roads during transportation, no soil pollution or nuisance such as odours.
The FBR and cement manufacturing plant can generate a minimum of 30 skilled and 15 unskilled workers.
Regional Secretariat Manager