New EU-funded regional project to foster energy transition in the Mediterranean
July 29, 2019
The 2nd UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum was held in Lisbon, Portugal on 18 July and focused on “Supporting local authorities in their efforts towards the energy transition”.
In this context, Ms Roberta Boniotti, MEDENER Secretary General, was invited to present the meetMED (Mitigation Enabling Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Region) Project.
The energy transition is indeed at the heart of the meetMED Project, whose main goal is fostering the energy transition throughout all Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Countries (SEMCs) under the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI).
As for the activities related to the main topic of the Forum, Ms Boniotti mentioned the establishment of a Regional Expert Network. Its aim is to provide the necessary technical support to national, regional and local authorities for the assessment of the existing energy policies and the implementation of the necessary most advanced energy policies in the future Energy Transition Scenario. She also cited the elaboration of the meetMED training package and the organization of the corresponding training course, focused on the use of a sustainable energy design toolkit for public authorities and aimed at reinforcing public awareness and capacity building of local stakeholders.
With respect to regional cooperation, which was another key point of the Forum, the meetMED project supports regional collaboration, especially to build technical capacity for the energy transition in the eight target Countries of the project: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Besides the intergovernmental cooperation among the SEMCs national energy agencies, meetMED has sought to build synergies with other EU-funded projects targeting the energy transition in the Mediterranean region, namely CLIMAMED, SWITCHMED and WES.