Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Green sector search engine launched

A search engine has been launched providing access to information on renewables, energy efficiency and climate change. It's designed to support the clean energy marketplace, facilitate investments, promote new legislation and regulations and broaden interest and knowledge in the sector.

It's called reegle and is targeting specific stakeholders including governments, project developers, businesses, financiers, NGOs, academia, international organizations and civil society.

The site provides information and data on various sub-sectors within sustainable energy at a global level including:

* Jurisdiction and laws
* News and announcements
* Political declarations and discussion papers
* Project activity and financial reports
* Statistical data
* Studies, manuals and reports
* Tenders, grants and bids

It has links to the existing databases of core ‘Knowledge Partners’ such as the World Bank, IEA and UNIDO. There is also an Actors Catalogue, a directory of organisations involved in clean energy, which contains information on (and links to) more than 1500 initiatives, partnerships and organisations involved in relevant fields.

The two organisations behind reegle are REEP (the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership ) and REN21 (the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century. Both are supported by a range of government bodies, NGOs and environmental organisations. In addition there are three specific sponsors of reegle; Defra (the UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, BMU (Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety) and MINVROM (the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environmental Management).

It's very ambitious but potential a very useful resource. Links from other sites would promote use and coverage.



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