28.04.202111:30

LEAP-RE programme kicks off

The Politecnico di Milano among the partners of the project for the development of renewable energy in Africa


Last March an online meeting officially kicked off the LEAP-RE programme (Long-Term Joint European Union - African Union Research and Innovation Partnership on Renewable Energy), funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 program.

The project, which will last 5 years, seeks to create a long-term partnership of African and European stakeholders in the field of renewable energy. LEAP-RE will support collaborative projects and will develop research, innovation, and capacity-building activities.

The LEAP-RE consortium gathers 83 African and European partners (39 African partner organizations and 44 European partner organizations), coming from 20 African countries and 13 European countries, from different sectors: government, research and academia, private sector, and civil society. Together, they will share knowledge and methods to effectively contribute to fighting climate change, supporting a fair and sustainable energy transition.

LEAP-RE will empower local research through Europe-Africa cooperation while fostering the conditions for transforming research into effective innovation. Activities will be tailored to specific societal needs while acknowledging regional discrepancies in terms of funding, facilities, and social and environmental challenges.

The programme is based on 3 pillars

  • Pillar 1 - External Research Funding and Capacity Building Activities 
  • Pillar 2 - Internal Consortium Research and Innovation Projects and Capacity Building Activities
  • Pillar 3 - Management, Coordination, Monitoring and Evaluation and development of the future long-term partnerhsip

Under the direction of Professor Emanuela Colombo from the Department of Energy, the Politecnico di Milano participates as a partner of the programme, coordinating the projects of Pillar 2 together with Strathmore University (Kenya).

Further information
Project's official website

The LEAP-RE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under Grant Agreement 963530.