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“Helping developing countries tap into renewable energy production”

The problem

Developing countries contain about 80% of the world’s population, yet use only about 30% of its commercial energy output. About 1.6 billion people – mostly in the developing world – are not even connected to a mains electricity grid. One solution is to help these poorer countries make the most of renewable energy sources. Many developing nations have the potential to harness renewables thanks to an abundance of ‘raw materials’, such as sunshine, wind, water and biomass. However, they lack the technical and financial resources to develop such technologies on their own.

RECIPES  Renewable energy for developing countries


RECIPE aims to provide the European Commission and other stakeholders with recommendations for the effective implementation of renewable energy in developing countries.

It will:

  • Develop a website and database to include information on current and potential uses of renewable energy by the world’s 114 developing countries
  • Produce case studies on 15 developing countries, assessing their technical and market potential for renewables, the possible environmental and socio-economic impacts of using such technology, and an analysis of the costs and benefits to European industry, if it helped these countries fulfil their renewable energy potential

Contribution to policy development:

  • Contributes to the EU’s general policies that aim to help the developing world, and more specifically the project supports the EU’s international scientific co-operation policies.
  • Contributes to the EU’s commitment to develop green energy alternatives to the use of fossil fuels.
  • The EU is committed to introducing the principles of sustainability into all its policies – encouraging the use of renewable energy is an important part of that commitment.

Project deliverables

  • In-depth case studies on 15 countries and their use of renewables – Month 8
  • Report on market potential for renewable energy in developing countries up to the year 2030 – Month 11
  • Report on the consequences of fulfilling developing countries’ potential for using renewables in terms of possible environmental and socio-economic impacts, and the potential costs/benefits to EU industry – Month 11
  • Report on ‘Pragmatic recommendations for the implementation of renewable energy in developing countries’ – Month 18


  • Project website with all project information in an easily accessible structure and format – from Month 4
  • RECIPE researchers will open a dialogue with national policy-makers and other stakeholders, thus disseminating their research and findings to key audiences – ongoing
  • One-day workshop will validate conclusions and develop recommendations for future action – Month 18

Technical information

Project acronym: RECIPES
Project’s official full title: Renewable Energy in developing countries: Current situation, market Potential and recommendations for a win-win-win for EU industry, the Environment and local Socio-economic development
Research priority: Underpinning the economic potential and cohesion of a larger and more integrated
European Union
Specific webpage: Not yet available
Proposal/contract no: 513733
Start date: Not available
Kick off meeting: Not available
Completion date: Not available
European Commission scientific officer: Pirjo-Liisa Koskimaki, and Domenico Rosetti di Valdabero,

Name: Prospect Consulting & Services SA
Abbreviated name: Prospect
Address: Quai au Bois de Construction
10 B-1000, Brussel
Country: Belgium
Tel: +32 2 514 5534
Fax: +32 2 514 0197


Name: Vissers & Partners SPRL
Abbreviated name: Vissers & Partners
Country: Belgium

Name: CEA BV
Abbreviated name: CEA
Country: The Netherlands

Name: Wolfgang Fredrich Lutz
Abbreviated name: Wolfgang Lutz
Country: The Netherlands

Name: Emiel Hanekamp
Abbreviated name: Emiel Hanekamp
Country: The Netherlands

Name: Peter Karsch
Abbreviated name: Peter Karsch
Country: The Netherlands

Name: Estrategias Energéticas para un Desarrollo Sustantable
Abbreviated name: ESENERG
Country: Paraguay