Uganda’s Makerere University has been announced as the home of the newly launched East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREE), which is set to address key issues related to renewable energy resources.
Speaking at the launch last week, the East African Community (EAC) deputy secretary general, Jesca Eriyo, said the purpose of launching the centre is to ensure the availability of sufficient, reliable, cost effective and environmentally friendly energy sources, reports local media.
Eriyo explained: "The centre we are launching today will develop and implement a coherent regional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency policy framework for the EAC and facilitate its implementation at national levels as well as execute regional programmes and projects with other partners and mobilise funding; create synergies with ongoing programmes."
Henry Alinaitwe, principal at Makerere University stated that EACREE has been established by the EAC member states, and will be supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation together with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).
Alinaitwe said: "The centre will promote all appropriate and sustainable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, promote small-scale and medium-scale hydro power projects, and bio-fuel projects...and Liquid Petroleum Gas cooking projects."
Improvement of energy security
Elect energy and mineral development minister Engineer Irene Muloni also commented: "The initiative will improve energy security and the mitigation of negative emissions by creating an enabling environment through informing policy, capacity building and creating awareness to the public."
Muloni highlighted that 85% of the energy Uganda depends on is obtained from renewables therefore this innovative would be supporting that.
"The majority of Ugandans in the rural areas…rely on biomass including charcoal and agricultural waste for energy."
"Fortunately, 85% of the energy Uganda relies on is renewable and thus the need to fully tap into its potential," she said.