The European Union funded projects "Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities" (CES-MED) and "Sustainable Urban Demonstration Energy Projects" (SUDEP) held a Joint Steering Committee meeting on 5 May 2015, led by the European Commission at the Hotel Avanti in Mohammedia, Morocco. The meeting was followed by a High-Level Conference on on Climate Change, on 6 May in Skhirat, Morocco.
On 27 May, the National Agency for Energy Efficiency (ANME - Agence National de la maitrise de l’Energie) organised a national conference in Tunisia to promote municipal investments in energy efficiency. The event was supported by the EU-funded CES-MED project and more than 200 Tunisian municipalities gathered to launch the «Association of municipalities for energy transition » programme.
Workshop one “Sustainable Energy Needs Assessment and introduction to CoM and SEAP approach including BEI operations” was held for Hurghada on 19 May and for Luxor on 21 May with the participation of the focal point, members of council and technicians.
During this first workshops the key expert of the Mashreq region Mr. Serge Yazigi with mayors and technical team of municipalities discussed the expected objectives on this stage of the project:
The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC), one of CES-MEDs consortium partners, works with the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water to address energy saving and renewable energies at the national level.
The LCEC has just released the latest numbers on solar projects in Lebanon under Banque du Liban's (BdL) NEEREA (National Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action) mechanism. Under NEEREA, BdL issues loans at discounted rates, specifically targeted for renewable energy project.
The CAPP helps municipalities to make their citizens more aware of issues related energy saving and energy efficiency. The plan aims at securing citizens' committment and changing wasteful behaviours.
The Municipal Council of Boumerdes’ Communal Popular Assembly, one of the three partnering municipalities in Algeria with the EU-funded CES-MED project, voted on their accession to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) on November 9, 2014. The city will be enlisted on the CoM webpage, after the decision of the municipal council is approved by the Wilaya.
The Lebanese Association for Energy Saving & the Environment (ALMEE) has recently released a software application that allows to analyse and plan a building's thermal insulation. Using this simple tool, one can assess whether a building adheres to the "Thermal Standard for Buildings in Lebanon (2010)".
Building envelopes are key in saving energy, a goal CES-MED pursues with the Sustainable Energy Action Plans we develop in Lebanon and other countries in the Maghreb and Mashreq.
The Palestinian city of Nablus that cooperates with CES-MED in the elaboration of a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) has just received a mobile app that takes visitors on a virtual tour of Nablus's main attractions.
MED-ENEC is an EU-funded project that aims to promote energy efficiency (EE) and the use of renewable energies (RE) in the construction sector in the Mediterranean region.