International Beirut Energy Forum: EU committed to sustainable energy in Lebanon and the region
September 21, 2017
The European Union has taken part in the International Beirut Energy Forum 2017 for Sustainable Development (IBEF), organised by the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC) from 18 to 20 September.
The European Union’s participation in IBEF demonstrates its continuous support to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Lebanon and the Mediterranean region. Through many initiatives, the EU plays a pivotal role in this sector. The EU is the largest contributor of climate finance to developing countries, providing more than half of global development assistance.
In her opening remarks, Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, said: “Lebanon is suffering from a chronic shortage of energy supply while demand is increasing on a daily basis. This considerable demand for energy needs to be reduced, through energy efficiency initiatives.”
She added: “The EU stands firmly alongside Lebanon and other countries in the region as they work towards the objectives set in their nationally determined contributions and is keen to keep the momentum for energy efficiency in Lebanon through strong cooperation with numerous partners.“