RCREEE Discusses Capacity Building and Energy Transition in the Mediterranean at MEDCOP21 in Marseille

Marseille, 3-5 June 2015 - The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) participated in MEDCOP21, a meeting of Mediterranean stakeholders aiming to highlight the common commitment in the fight against climate change. The conference was organized in preparation for the twenty-first Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris. Its planned to take place from November 30 to December 11 2015, with the support and presence of M. Francois Hollande, the President of the Republic of France.

 In the workshop titled “Energy Transition and Circular Economy”, RCREEE Policy Analyst Hind Il Idrissy presented RCREEE’s Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY). APSEY is a regional sustainable energy internship program which targets young professionals and post graduate students of engineering, economy, and law fields from the Arab region. Aiming to boost technical and operational capacities of the region’s young talents interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency fields, RCREEE recruits 12 interns annually. The interns are recruited on two rounds for a hands-on experience in the center’s research and analysis, policy briefs, technical assistance, and other related activities. The workshop was organized by Imeder and Emelie/CAPENERGIES.

In line with the workshop’s topic of Energy Transition, APSEY 4TH round intern, Eng. Mohamed Elshazly presented the key findings of a market assessment report conducted under the Diesel to Solar (D2S) Initiative. RCREEE and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have initiated the Diesel to Solar (D2S) initiative which enables the regional transition towards sustainable energy and helps address climate change issues in the Arab region. It encourages private investors to reduce diesel consumption by integrating solar PV technology into existing diesel-based systems.

On the sidelines of MEDCOP21, RCREEE participated in a Business-to-Business (B2B) stakeholder meeting organized by MARE. The meeting brought together professional actors from the Mediterranean region in order to exchange on projects and best practices in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

As the host country for MEDCOP21 and COP21, France has once again highlighted the importance of regional cooperation in the Mediterranean to tackle its most pressing issues, stating that regional cooperation will help deliver a unified and concrete Mediterranean vision to the COP21 in November, and will ensure the commitment of the region’s key stakeholders to the fight against climate change.