RCREEE discusses solar thermal systems in the MENA region

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) in cooperation with the League of Arab States organized the 5th meeting of the Solar Heaters Arab Mark and Certification Initiative Network (SHAMCI) which was held at Cairo on 25th October 2016.

The SHAMCI network meeting aimed at discussing the final version of SHAMCI certification rules prepared in cooperation with UNEP and updated the internal working rules of SHAMCI network. The meeting also approved the eligibility criteria, readiness for certification bodies, and testing facilities and inspection bodies. As well as presenting an overview of the achievements accomplished during the past two years.

In addition, the meeting presented Egypt’s progress as the first country to issue SHAMCI certification and discussed future steps.

Moreover, the SHAMCI meeting was held after the IEA - Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) task 57 expert meeting, which was scheduled on 24 October 2016 at Cairo, Egypt.

IEA – SHC task 57 expert meeting discussed solar thermal systems test procedures, standardization and certifications at international level. It also discussed how to develop, improve and promote ISO standards on test procedures and requirements for solar thermal products and how to harmonize at international level certification schemes.


The Solar Heating Arab Mark and Certification Initiative (SHAMCI) is a quality certification scheme for the production of solar thermal products and services in the Arab region. 

About IEA-SHC:

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) was established in 1977, as one of the first programmes of the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of all aspects of solar thermal energy.