Successful South-South cities cooperation celebrated at closure workshop in Yogyakarta
With over 50 participants from Indonesia, India and South Africa, the workshop held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 19 – 20 June 2013 was the ideal platform to share all results achieved during the REEEP (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership) funded project “South-South cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa”, a part of ICLEI Local Renewables initiative. During the initiative, the city of Coimbatore acted as “resource city”, providing guidance to the other two municipalities involved, Ekurhuleni in South Africa and Yogyakarta in Indonesia.
Dr. H. Haryadi Suyuti, Mayor of Yogyakarta and host of the workshop, highlighted the Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) activities undertaken by the city during the last 3 years. The inauguration of the “Yogyakarta Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Resource Centre” symbolically marked one of the milestones achieved by the city. “Space has been allotted for the Resource Centre in one of the main city halls where electricity bills are paid to ensure good visibility” commented the Mayor, wishing that the centre will help disseminate knowledge on RE and EE among the general public.
The city representatives from Ekurhuleni and Coimbatore shared their own experiences as well. Other Indonesian cities present at the event showed interest in going deeper into the lessons learnt during the project, especially in terms of GHG inventory, identification of low carbon actions and strategy for implementation, especially in the context of Local Action Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction.
The next phase will focus on the promotion of the recently completed solar city guidebooks for South Africa and Indonesia at the national and local level.
REEEP project meeting in Johannesburg
Representatives of ICLEI South Asia and ICLEI Africa attended the REEEP project meetings in Johannesburg from 3-4 July 2012. Under Call 8 of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) programme, ICLEI South Asia is leading a funded project entitled South-south Cooperation between cities in India, Indonesia and South Africa in partnership with ICLEI Africa and ICLEI South East Asia.
The meeting saw managers from 25 projects from around the world come together to share lessons learnt from challenges and successes mid-way through the project duration.
The agenda for the two days was interactive with the showcasing of all projects through poster exhibitions, where project managers could interact, ask questions and stimulate discussions. The agenda also provided the opportunity for key topics to be discussed through panels which included: building political will and persuading government; final steps for financial solutions; market rules of the game for up-scaling projects; and lastly, encouraging stakeholder and community participation.
The ICLEI team benefited greatly from the participatory discussions and interactions, learning valuable experiences from other projects that are relevant and applicable to the current projects that ICLEI is undertaking in 3 cities under ICLEI’s Local Renewable Initiative, these being Coimbatore, India; Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa. These are taking place between December 2011 and March 2013.