The Renewables and Efficiency Deployment Initiative (Climate REDI)
Climate REDI: Clean Energy for Developing Nations
During the December climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the launch of the “Renewables and Efficiency Deployment Initiative” (or “Climate REDI”) – a five-year initiative of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF)*.
Climate REDI is the first concrete example of how MEF countries are working together to serve as a platform for clean energy technology cooperation, one of the forum’s stated goals.
The initiative is designed to quickly promote and deploy clean energy technologies to fight energy poverty in developing countries. It will complement other, long-term forms of financial assistance to help developing countries address climate change, such as the yearly equivalent of $100 billion pledged by several rich nations for climate change adaptation and mitigation and the several climate funds established by the World Bank.
Moreover, through collaboration and increased funding of clean and efficient development, these new programs will advance energy efficiency throughout the developing world - an important step in global climate change mitigation.
Climate REDI Programs
Having committed $35 million to Climate REDI, the United States will play a prominent role in its development by working with MEF partners and other countries to implement Climate REDI's three programs listed below. In addition, these programs present energy efficiency providers and stakeholders several opportunities to become involved with clean energy in the developing world.
The Solar and LED Energy Access Program: Under this program, Climate REDI will distribute LED (low-emitting diode) lanterns to communities without electricity. Efforts will be closely coordinated with the International Finance Corporation’s Lighting Africa initiative, the Energy Resource Institute’s Lighting a Billion Lives program, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lumina Project.
The Superefficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment Program: This program seeks to improve the efficiency of appliances traded throughout the world by coordinating incentives, standards and labeling systems among MEF countries, including those developed by the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), the Collaborative Labeling and Standards Program (CLASP), the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, and the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.
The Clean Energy Information Platform: This program aims to develop an online clearinghouse of technical resources, policy exchanges and other tools and strategies used by MEF countries, to be shared among member states as well as more broadly throughout the developing world. It will build upon the OpenEI platform, developed by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Read the White House press release on Climate REDI.
*The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate was formed in March 2009 to “facilitate candid dialogue among major developed and developing economies, [to] help generate the political leadership necessary to achieve a successful outcome at the December UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, and [to] advance the exploration of concrete initiatives and joint ventures that increase the supply of clean energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”