A good practice excerpt from the peer review: Austria’s support for the global sustainable energy agenda
Austria has sought to position Vienna as a platform for international energy diplomacy, with several Vienna-based organisations working to accelerate electricity access and increase the share of renewable and affordable energy.
The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres, hosted in Vienna by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and supported by Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)[i], represents an innovative South-South and triangular multi-stakeholder partnership. Austria’s support since 2010 has led to the establishment of seven regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (REEE) Centres covering West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Region, Central America and the Himalayas. In addition to providing financial support in the form of risk capital, and seconding experts, high-level political engagement by Austria has helped to bring in the support of other donors.
The centres aim to create an enabling environment for renewable energy and energy efficiency, with a focus on de-risking and scaling up clean and safe energy business models to create integrated and inclusive regional markets for sustainable energy. The focus on working in partnership with participating states as well as other regional actors – such as utility organisations, regulatory authorities, and financial institutions – helps to generate long-term national and regional ownership.
Source: (MFA, 2019), DAC Peer Review Memorandum; (UNIDO, 2015), UNIDO Energy Programme: The Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres, https://www.unido.org/sites/default/files/2015-12/14._Regional_Sustainable_Energy_Centres_0.pdf.
[i] Austria uses the term Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) to refer to the bilateral development co‑operation for which the MFA and ADA are responsible in priority countries, territories and regions (MFA, 2019). It only makes up a small part of bilateral ODA. ADA is described as the operational unit of Austrian Development Cooperation.
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