The Program on Scaling-Up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries (SREP) is a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) within the framework of the Climate Investment Funds administered by the multilateral development Banks.

Transparency International was elected in 2010 to serve an observer representing civil society in developed countries. In this context, we hope through various fora to invite relevant inputs to the sub-committee meeting from civil society in developed countries. Our objective is to represent those interests in interventions as appropriate at the meeting.

For more information regarding the Program, please see http://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/srep.

Interested parties wishing to make contributions to the meeting should please send their succinct interventions to lelges at transparency.org by 14th June 2010.

The SREP was approved by the SCF Trust Fund Committee in May 2009 to demonstrate the economic, social and environmental viability of low carbon development pathways in the energy sector in low-income countries. It aims to help low-income countries use new economic opportunities to increase energy access through renewable energy use.

The SREP stimulates economic growth through the scaled-up development of renewable energy solutions and, it acts as a catalyst for the transformation of the renewables market by obtaining government support for market creation, private sector implementation, and productive energy use.

Recognizing the significant role the private sector has in promoting renewable energy, SREP promotes both public and private sector actions to remove barriers that might otherwise inhibit scaled-up private sector investments.

SREP is country-led and builds on national policies and the activities of other existing energy initiatives. It will operate in a small number of low-income countries to maximize its impact and demonstrative effect.