The Council for Renewable Energy Nigeria (CREN) was born in November 2004 out of the spirit of Energetic Solutions – An international renewable energy conference held in Nigeria. This conference included representatives from Africa, the Americas and Europe, and was a follow up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development and Bonn Renewables conference to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and issues of energy and development.During the conference, Nigerian government, private, civil sector representatives came together to combine their efforts to envision a renewable energy future for the country. Their vision was encapsulated in the Calabar Declaration, an action plan for renewable energy in Nigeria.Founded and comprised of stakeholders from all sectors of renewable energy , the Council For Renewable Energy Nigeria is in a unique position to effectively build partnerships to facilitate the large scale implementation of renewable energy in Nigeria.A not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder association, which promotes the appropriate use of renewable energy technology in Nigeria and the reduction of green house gases through reduced consumption of fossil fuels.
CREN works on bringing together the professional sector, government and civil servants, academics, associations, industry, financial institutions and services, the not for profit sector and end-users to act as an advocate and platform for efficient, appropriate renewable energy awareness, development, standards, expertise, implementation; and to contribute towards developing a comprehensive and deployable sustainable energy strategy for Nigeria.
A member based association, the Council has been instrumental to the development of several policies on Renewable Energy and is geared towards the re-appraisal of policies in the sector and their full implementation.
The Council is invested in: