Collaborations North East Asia Aim to
Boost Renewable Energy Deployment, Energy Efficiency
North East Asian countries (Japan, S
Korea, China, Russia and Mongolia) establish regional mechanism for energy
countries is key to advance renewable energy development as countries in many
regions must integrate their electrical grids and coordinate renewable energy
expansion to keep electricity supplies stable and efficient.
similar objectives including reducing energy cost, and increasing energy
efficiency and grid stability, the group of North-East Asian countries has
agreed to establish a regional mechanism for energy integration. The North-East
Asia Regional Power Interconnection and Cooperation Forum (NEA-RPIC) will meet
annually to facilitate information sharing and promote coordination among
stakeholders. The initiative was launched during a conference on North-East
Asia Regional Power Interconnection, organized by the UN Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and partners.
& India: Partnering to Leave No One Behind
Local community cases
Honduran Women Light the Way
A partnership between the Barefoot
College, the Government of India and UNDP´s Small Grants Programme enabled
"solar engineers" to bring energy to their community.
Iris Marlene Espinal,
Carmen Lourdes Zambrano Cruz, Alnora Casy Estrada and Ingrid Miranda Martinez are
engineering an energy secure future. They all from remote corners of Honduras,
are leading efforts to install, maintain and repair solar energy equipment in
their communities. So far they’ve installed more than 200 panels, each
generating 85 watts of power for household and other uses.
women learned their skills through the solar energy programme at the Barefoot
College in Tilonia,
India. Their six-month “solar engineers” study programme was made possible
through a partnership between the Government of India and the Small Grants
Programme (SGP), a programme supported by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and
- “In addition to providing us with light,
we can use the radio and TV,” says 69-year-old Juanita Zambrano from Los Hornos.
“We can also charge our cell phones and bulbs. We can listen to the news, read
the Bible, talk… and we have less risk of fire.”
- “We didn’t have any diplomas like
students at a normal university,” says Alnora
“In India, we learnt using a practical approach. We brought back a lot of
knowledge to benefit our communities and, in a sense, to help them to escape
- “Without any light our children cannot
study at home,” says Juanita from Los Hornos.
“We now sleep at nine and the children can study at night.”