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REEEP Newsletter Highlights Southeast Asia and the Pacific Energy Efforts

26 June 2012: The June edition of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) Southeast Asia and the Pacific newsletter features a news section, REEEP project updates, and a country update on Tokelau.

The report opens by noting REEEP's accomplishments on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, including: building numerous partnerships; supporting 154 clean energy projects in 57 countries; and collaborating with the Renewable Energy Policy Network (REN21) to operate a clean energy information portal.

The news section highlights voluntary commitments to the Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative made by Small Island Developing States (SIDS), 18 of which have committed to move towards a more sustainable energy mix.

The newsletter announces the establishment of the Climate Technology Network and Finance Centre, which aims to mobilize clean technology financing. The technology network will be based in Bangkok, Thailand and managed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, the Philippines will manage the finance centre.

The project updates section highlights two projects that: examine how the Indonesian tofu sector can support renewable energy biogas production; and analyze major appliance and lighting projects and markets in 17 Pacific Island Countries (PIC). The latter project, part of a broader Pacific Labeling and Standards Programme implemented by the Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC), aims to identify the most effective standards and labeling strategy for each PIC.

The country update spotlights Tokelau's goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by the end of 2012. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is providing financial and technical support to help Tokelau achieve this goal and plans to support the Cook Islands and Tuvalu to reduce their carbon emissions as well.

The newsletter also includes a notice board and lists recent publications and upcoming events. [Publication: REEEP Southeast Asia and Pacific June 2012 Newsletter]