ARUSHA, TANZANIA– The Secretariat for the East African Community (EAC) here is hosting the maiden renewable energy exhibition in collaboration with the Germany government, targeting to showcase ways of increasing energy efficiency in the six EAC member nations.

During the three-week event, the German government will exhibit a renewable energy initiative known as Energiewende, which seeks to increase energy efficiency and protect the environment. The exhibition is taking place at the EAC headquarters in this northern Tanzanian city from July 23 to Aug 10.

The EAC Secretariat has invited selected public and private sector players to view the exhibition. EAC Communications Principal Officer Richard Owora Othieno said the exhibition had been shown in about 60 locations in 25 different countries around the globe and it was now East Africa’s turn.

According to organizers, the Energiewende (German for energy transition) is a planned transition by Germany to a low-carbon, environmentally sound, reliable and affordable energy supply. Energiewende,literally meaning energy turnaround or energy revolution, can also be described as Germany’s effort to reduce climate-damaging greenhouse gases or carbon emissions without relying on nuclear energy.

The Energiewende is our answer to the question of how we can make energy supply secure, affordable and sustainable, according to a statement from the exhibition organizers. Energiewende highlights national issues related to policy, the environment, technology and costs.

Meanwhile, the EAC secretariat has started preparations for the forthcoming East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition 2019 (EAPCE’19) to be held in Mombasa, Kenya, in March next year.