Regional Workshop to Follow-up the Progress of National Energy Efficiency Action Plans

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) organized a regional workshop at the headquarter of the League of Arab States (LAS) in Cairo, Egypt on December 1, 2014. The workshop was attended by RCREEE national focal points concerned with monitoring the implementation of the Arab Energy Efficiency Guideline under the auspices of LAS and RCREEE. The guideline is a guiding tool for countries that wish to achieve savings in the electricity sector. The year 2020 has been set as a deadline for achieving all Arab states’ National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) targets.

LAS and RCREEE collaborate on the implementation of the Arab Energy Efficiency Guideline.  The strategy which was approved by LAS in 2010 and adopted by nine Arab countries so far..

Dr. Tarek Emtairah, Executive Director at RCREEE, proposed two initiatives in the opening session of the workshop: the quality and efficiency of lighting systems; and ways to support and assess energy efficiency measures. Supporting energy efficiency measures can be achieved by conducting field surveys and highlighting these measures in NEEAPs. Dr. Emtairah also stressed on the need for bringing NEEAPs closer to the end user. This could be done through involving municipalities and local authorities in the application of procedures related to n NEEAPs.

Besides, Dr. Tarek Emtairah chaired a session on the progress of the implementation of the Arab Energy Efficiency Guideline. During the session, Eng. Ashraf Kraidy, Senior Energy Advisor at LAS, reviewed the achievements during the past four years in implementing the Guideline. Also, Mr. Hossam Al Herafi, RCREEE representative reviewed the quantitative and statistical methodology for assessing the implementation of NEEAPs. The assessment is based on a questionnaire prepared by RCREEE and has been answered by RCREEE focal points. The questionnaire addressed the percentage of procedures carried out in each country and the achieved savings. It also showed strengths and weaknesses based on qualitative and quantitative analysis for the data. Later, Mr. Mohamed Mahgoub, Policy Analyst at RCREEE displayed the electronic monitoring system of NEEAPs based on the regional information system, Taqawise which RCREEE is developing.

In the following session, Eng. Amel Bida, Associate Consultant at RCREEE, assessed the current situation for both Djibouti and Mauritania in terms of electric power capacity. Mrs. Bida also emphasized the need to increase the installed capacity to meet the growing demand on energy, and the application of energy efficiency standards in the electricity sector. Moreover, a timeframe for launching the Algerian NEEAP has been set.

Finally, RCREEE focal points presented the most important NEEAP achievements, highlighting the difficulties facing the continuity of implementation.

After that, the workshop recommendations were put. These include providing technical assistance in the preparation and evaluation of NEEAPs, and calling on the Arab states to take advantage of this assistance. Also, developing the indicators to assess the implementation progress of NEEAPs, and preparing a progress report containing NEEAP results. It was also recommended to organize a workshop to discuss the technical design and evaluation of the most important energy efficiency measures and the most common mechanisms.