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KEA Recognized for Raising Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries
Recognized by UNIDO
KEA Recognized for Raising Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries
  • By Michael Herh
  • September 7, 2017, 02:30
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Lee Kwang-hak (left), an executive director of climate change response at the Korea Energy Agency and Hiroshi Kuniyoshi (right), deputy to the director general of the UNIDO. (photo courtesy: KEA)
Lee Kwang-hak (left), an executive director of climate change response at the Korea Energy Agency and Hiroshi Kuniyoshi (right), deputy to the director general of the UNIDO. (photo courtesy: KEA)

 

The Korea Energy Agency (KEA) received a letter of appreciation from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for its contribution to developing energy efficiency cooperation and signed a new business agreement in the United Nations Secretariat in Vienna, Austria on September 5.

The Korea Energy Agency contributed to the birth of the East Africa Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) in 2016 by having shared Korea's excellent know-how in implementing energy policies and operating systems since the signing of an MOU on the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in 2014.

In addition, at the request of Ethiopia, the Korea Energy Agency set an efficiency performance test standard on 'Mitad', an electric cooking device with a large power load and developed new Midad with high energy efficiency to support the introduction of a customized energy efficiency rating system. Instead of simply introducing energy policies, the agency sought to raise Ethiopia’s energy efficiency and help Korean companies advance into overseas markets by simultaneously developing high-efficiency equipment and strengthening local makers’ capabilities through the utilization of excellent technologies of Korean companies.

The Korea Energy Agency was awarded a citation from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in recognition of its contribution to the coordination of climate change in East Africa. On top of that, the agency signed a new business agreement on supporting the operation of the Pacific Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) of the UNIDO established in April of this year.