Invitation for a constructive dialogue to imbed EE in the Egyptian Economy

On 4 and 5 May 2011, RCREEE and MED-ENEC EU project in collaboration with the Egyptian Energy Efficiency Unit affiliated to the Egyptian Cabinet, the League of Arab States and the JCEE, organized a workshop titled “Invitation to a constructive dialogue on integrating of energy efficiency in the Egyptian economy, “in El-Ain Sukhna, Red Sea coast. The event gathered high level experts and officials in various concerned sectors (industry, electricity, petroleum, environment, housing, tourism, local development and universities) together with experts from regional and international organizations (EU, World Bank, ESCWA, and UNDP).
Participants emphasized that the work to improve energy efficiency and conservation measures, is one of the most important issues to be adopted, considering its contribution to energy security in Egypt, in addition to providing direct and indirect investment and economic benefits, which would lead to improving competitiveness in productive sectors and improve the economic, social and environmental situation at the different levels of the citizens, sectors and the nation.
Participants also agreed on the need to work on multiple tracks, with priority to building the institutional framework that contributes to activating and accelerating the relevant programs at all levels and sectors and to increase their returns, while insuring the decentralization of implementation and integration of strategies, policies and future plans. Participants suggested an institutional framework for a transitional period based on giving the Supreme Council of Energy the key role in planning and coordination with dedicated units within each sector that produce or consume energy. The sector’s units should establish plans and sector targets as an integral part of the comprehensive national plan. An urgent immediate plan gathering the efforts on the sectors was called for by participants. This plan would synergize the ongoing as well as new high priority activities. It is expected that such process would develop into an independent entity in a timely manner so as to guarantee access to resources and planning tools, enabling shaping national goals and reaching the desired effect.
An essential part of the vision is to prepare and implement a clear system of indicators for energy use in each sector and to collect data serving as a tool to follow up the success of various activities in each sector and its contribution in building the national economy.
The participants welcomed the arab and regional cooperation programs in the field, as well as the efforts of civil society aiming at stimulating the public, spreading awareness and knowledge, together with supporting and monitoring the activities progress and the integration among various actors in the field of energy efficiency in Egypt.