The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) led by the Executive Director Dr. Jauad El Kharraz, was honored to receive a high-level delegation from Tunisia, headed by Engineer Fethi Hanchi / Director General of the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME), accompanied by a group of Tunisian experts in the field. This visit comes within the framework of strengthening Egyptian-Tunisian cooperation in the field of energy efficiency, as it falls within the activities of the project “Using Solar Thermal Energy in the Industrial Field – SHIP” funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and whose implementation is supervised by the United Nations Industrial Development Program (UNIDO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Egyptian trade and industry.
The meeting concluded with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RCREEE and ANME to join their efforts in developing Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Energy Efficiency (EE) programs in Tunisia, and it covers various cooperation areas including investment in green finance, policy and access to finance mechanisms, decarbonization of the industrial sector, promoting solar heaters capacity building and knowledge exchange missions, RE&EE technological innovations, as well as promoting public and private partnerships.
RCREEE and ANME also aim to identify synergies, exchanging know-how and promoting RE&EE development on national and regional levels with the aim of replicating success stories.
In addition, collaboration on COP 27 was discussed. Both parties agreed to organize joint events to cover small scale renewable energy applications, green finance and Energy Efficiency in building and appliances.
ANME – l’Agence Nationale de Maitrise de l’Energie – the National Agency for Energy Management is a non-profit public sector organization, and a financially independent corporate body. As an independent public organization, ANME is overseen, administratively, by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Energy Transition (Ministère de l’Energie, des Mines et de la Transition Energétique). ANME’s mission is to design and implement Tunisian national policy in the field of energy management. This is achieved through the promotion of sound energy usage, the development of renewable energies, and facilitating the transition to energy with less harmful environmental impact.
The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an intergovernmental organization with diplomatic status that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in the Arab region. RCREEE teams up with regional governments and global organizations to initiate and lead dialogues, strategies, technologies, and capacity development on clean energy policies to increase the share of Arab states in the energy. RCREEE was established based on the Cairo Declaration which was signed in June 2008 by government representatives from ten Arab countries. The declaration set out the following two fundamental objectives for the establishment of the centre: 1. Disseminate the implementation of cost-effective renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, strategies, and technologies in the Arab region, and 2. Increase the share of renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services in the Arab region and their share of the global market.