Inspired by the successful model of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the East African Community (EAC) decided to establish the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) in July 2012. The EAC requested that the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) support the establishment and first operational phase of the centre. In 2013, the design of the centre was successfully reviewed and confirmed, during various consultative workshops. In the same year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the EAC, the Government of Austria was signed.
In the following years, 2014 and 2015, different workshops took place and the strategy of the centre was further refined. For instance, at the Expert group meeting (EGM) 2015 in Kampala, the outcome was the formulation of an action plan for the EACREEE, which includes precise strategies and measures for the successful implementation and first operational phase of the centre.
In June 2016, the EACREEE was officially launched at Makerere University Kampala, in Uganda. There the first EACREEE Executive Board (EB) and Technical Committee (TC) meeting was held and the Project Implementation Agreement between EAC, UNIDO and Makerere University College of Engineering, Art, Design and Technology (CEDAT) was signed.