Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy and Action Plan of Liberia
Policy measure

According to the REEEP Project Database (2011), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy and Action Plan of Liberia was implemented by the national Center for Sustainable Energy Technology. The total budget of the policy measure was set at EUR 27.500, including co-funding from the Government of Liberia.


“The primary aim was to increase national awareness on renewable and energy efficiency and remove barriers to investment and market development through a national policy instrument” (REEEP, 2011).

Implementation

The main activities of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy and Action Plan identified by REEEP (2011) are to:

  • “Identify and evaluate existing energy policy documents.

  • Facilitate renewable policy dialogue through consultation meetings between relevant government ministries and agencies, civil society organizations/NGOs, development partners, the private sector, local government officials, energy experts.

  • Establish an institutional framework (RE & EE Committee) to serve as the vehicle for formulating the clean energy Policy and Action Plan.

  • Draft a national clean energy Policy and Action Plan.

  • Convene a forum to review, finalize and validate the draft Policy and Action Plan.

  • Submit the final Policy and Action Plan to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy for approval.”

Challenges

The challenges identified by REEEP (2011) are:

  • Government commitment and support to the project and the associated administrative delays.

  • Achieving broad-based stakeholder participation, especially of those from rural Liberia.

Outcomes
According to the REEEP Project Policy Database the following outcomes are expected:
  • “Production of a national policy instrument to build and increase the application of clean energy in Liberia by promoting investment, market development and end-use technologies.
  • Increased access to energy services and the resulting positive impact on poverty.
  • Increase energy sector competition by facilitating Government support through tax subsidies for renewables and energy efficiency scale-up.
  • Facilitation of private sector investment/lending in the clean energy sector.
  • Increased investment in off-grid rural electrification through the deployment of renewable energy technologies.
  • Facilitation of indigenous energy technologies that demonstrate clear cost advantage without jeopardizing quality.
  • Organization of training to build local capacity to deal with renewable issues.”
According to DESA (2011), “the project outputs/outcomes are expected to have tremendous market development impact through the following:
  • The political will to develop the RE and EE market in Liberia.
  • Nationwide public awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of RE & EE in Liberia.
  • Creating the appropriate climate for scale-up in RE & EE through local and foreign investment.
  • Acceleration of the RE & EE market in Liberia.
  • Building of local capacity to respond to an increase in the RE & EE market.” (UN DESA).
References

REEEP (Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership), 2011. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy and Action Plan of Liberia. Available at: www.reeep.org/showProject/16085.10407030/renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-policy-and-action-plan-of-liberia.htm.


DESA (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs). Case Study Detail Record. Available at: http://webapps01.un.org/dsd/caseStudy/public/displayDetailsAction.do?code=443.