Tunisia leads Arab countries in sustainable energy

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 According to the newly launched Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX), Tunisia has earned the top position in energy efficiency capabilities and progress among Arab countries. Tareq Emtairah, executive director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) presented index key findings and insights at Beirut Energy Forum.

Energy price subsidies remain a key challenge for energy efficiency in almost all Arab countries. All Arab countries have massive untapped potential for energy efficiency in the utility sector. Among 13 Arab countries, Tunisia stands out with the most comprehensive policy framework for energy efficiency. Egypt currently has the largest installed capacity of renewables.

Currently there are more than 15 large-scale projects under construction with total capacity exceeding 1,550MW, which is more than double the current installed capacity in the region. Jordan has made substantial progress in the past year by improving its regulatory framework. Algeria needs to put greater effort into deploying renewable energy projects and attracting private partners Bahrain has the most liberalised electricity market in the region, the report said.

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