A Greener Search Engine

The Green movement is advancing at an incredible rate. New technologies, green companies, products and energy policies are popping up all over the world. It’s not so easy to keep track of it all, especially using the typical search engines. All the information is out there but it’s not so easy to find, unless you get a little help from Reegle: a search engine dedicated to everything relating to green technology.

The website went live about three years ago, when the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) decided it was time to create an information portal focusing on all aspects of clean energy and technology.

Reegle defines itself as a “one-stop-shop for high quality up-to-date information on clean energy policy, with a core objective of supporting the global advancement of energy efficiency and renewables. The website facilitates fast access to constantly updated information for politicians, project developers, companies, municipalities, banks, credit institutes and for all those interested in this issue.”

The site was launched with the help of donations provided by various European governments that knew the website would help internet users find local industries. These partners include the U.K Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (VROM).

When it comes to websites, simplicity is key. Viewers are greeted by a friendly and straightforward webpage with the option of simply typing in a keyword or to take things a step further with the ‘Categorized search’ option. Any results can be fine tuned to match a certain sector (such as climate control, or rural electrification), a geographic region, and even by type of information desired (ranging from grants and laws, to recent news).

Another unique feature of Reegle is their “Actors Catalogue”. This area of the site contains a list of more than a thousand organizations working in the field of renewable energy. The Catalogue allows stakeholders and interested individuals to easily find information about a specific program by directing searches to a country or industry. The site’s instructions tab is a helpful tool if anything needs more of an explanation.

Reegle’s database houses quality information where users can be sure that they won’t be overwhelmed with hundreds of other hits that have absolutely no relation to the original search. Unlike broader search engines, Reegle caters to a unique industry and is a welcome tool to internet users who want to avoid the stress of sifting through general and completely unrelated information.

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