15 november 2016

COP 22: the Veolia Foundation signs an agreement for a renewable public lighting programme in Cameroon

On 12 November, at the COP22 in Marrakech, the Veolia Foundation, REFELA-CAM (Réseau de Femmes Élues Locales du Cameroun), and ADEME (Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Énergie) signed an agreement concerning a renewable public lighting programme in the towns of Bangangté and Fokoué in Cameroon. The signature took place in the presence of René-Emmanuel Sadi, the Cameroonian Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralization. The Veolia Foundation was represented by its Executive Officer Thierry Vandevelde.

Cameroun

The Réseau de Femmes Élues Locales du Cameroun (REFELA-CAM), bringing together around thirty women mayors from the ten regions of Cameroon, has embarked on a renewable energy electrification project in the towns of Bangangté and Fokoué in the west of the country. The Veolia Foundation is supporting the project by installing a public lighting network using solar energy in both towns, and by building a small hydropower plant in Bangangté for local production.
Backed by a new law that helps communities invest in decentralized electricity production using renewable energy sources, this project could spread all over the country and so benefit thousands of Cameroonians.
 

A partnership since 2010

In partnership with the AIMF (Association Internationale des Maires Francophones), the Veolia Foundation has already conducted a sustainable water and sanitation project management programme (Modeab) for REFELA-CAM in Bangangté.
In 2014 the United Nations gave an award to the programme  in the category "Improving the provision of services in Africa". 
 

More:

> The Foundation’s sustainable energy approach in Cameroon  
> The Veolia Foundation
> Veolia’s expertise in water  and energy management