The Eastern Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa and the European Union will be jointly hosting a renewable energy conference from the 28th to the 30th of November 2012 in East London, South Africa.

The Conference is a key component of a visit by a trade delegation from the European Union to the Eastern Cape, which will be formally welcomed on the 27th November by the Office of the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Noxolo Kiviet.

The objectives of the conference are to:
  • Raise awareness of renewable energy opportunities in the Eastern Cape and establish partnerships in renewable energy between the European Union and the Eastern Cape
  • Showcase and deepen existing projects and partnerships, and development cooperation
  • Identify opportunities and obstacles for renewable energy in the Eastern Cape informed by European Union experience
  • Establish on-going processes for supporting projects and partnerships
The conference will consist of two days of seminars and discussions and facilitated matchmaking involving current and potential stakeholders in renewable energy in the Eastern Cape, on the 28th and 29th November. It will be addressed by the Premier of the Eastern Cape, the head of the European Trade Delegation, and the Minister of Energy.

The conference will provide delegates with insight into the current and developing regulatory and institutional arrangements pertaining to renewable energy projects and programmes in the province, the investment environment, and available and potential capacity within the province to support renewable energy. A help desk will be available to field questions on policy, regulations and institutional arrangements pertaining to the sector.

Programme

The Conference will be preceded on 27 November 2012 by the official diplomatic engagement between the Office of the Premier of the Eastern Cape and the European Union Trade delegation.
The overall focus of the conference programme is summarized below:

Day 1 – 28 November 2012
  • Welcome and 0rientation
  • Opportunities for renewable energy in the Eastern Cape
  • Matchmaking
Day 2 – 29 November 2012
  • Matchmaking
  • Implementing renewable energy projects and programmes in the Eastern Cape
  • Commitments and statements of intent
Day 3 – 30 November 2012
  • Field trips to renewable energy projects and recreational destinations

Download the detailed Provisional Programme as a PDF document

Please register here to ensure your seat at the conference.