Promotion of renewable energy in the Mediterranean Region
||1. To alleviate poverty by providing modern energy services particularly to rural populations;
2. To contribute to the climate change mitigation by increasing the share of renewable energy technologies in the energy mix in the region
The programme is also built on three main sub-projects:
-Tailoring of financial instruments and mechanism to support projects;
-Strengthening of policy frameworks;
-Building a stronger private sector infrastructure.
|Sectorial Topic (Note):
||Renewable energy and Water Supply
||Ministry for the Environment and Territory (Italy); International Energy Agency (IEA); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Observatorie Mediterraneén de l’Energie (OME); Mediterranean Association of National Agencies for energy Conservation (MEDENER); Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maitrise de l’Energie (ADEME)
||The stakeholders council of cooperating agencies provide a co-ordination function. The Renewable Energy Unit of the Energy Efficiency and Technology Office of the International Energy agency will provide logistical and policy input to the Council. Individual projects are led by specific key agencies . UNEP will guide the development of the financial mechanism project, review outputs and approve recommendations. The project will be implemented by UNEP’s Division of technology, Industry and Economics. MEDENER will guide the strengthening of policy frameworks; and OME will work toward building elements of a stronger private sector.
|Means of Implementation:
||June 2002 - 2010
||Mediterranean countries of North Africa
||A renewable energy market, providing:
1 Significant contribution to utility generation from renewable energies based on commercial power plants;
2 Greater access to electricity of isolated rural populations;
3 Commercially – viable, renewables-powered desalination of Sea water to increase drinking water supply and water availability for irrigation;
4 Improved productivity from agriculture and fisheries through water pumping refrigeration systems for food conservation, and other productive uses powered by renewable energy systems, enhancing productivity and local economies;
5 Improved Health, education and quality of life based on lighting, food and drugs refrigeration, access to communication networks, and other benefits of renewable, both off and on the grid.
|Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD:
||The Millennium Development Goals call for the improvement of energy efficiency, and the dissemination of renewable energies. The Goals also call for effort by developed countries to provide electricity to the two billion people without access to modern energy services. Sustainable strategies to meet development needs are high on the agenda of developing countries and the international community.
The Ninth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-9) stated that energy is central to achieving the goals of sustainable development.
||Type II Initiative
||Valeria Clara Rizzo
Italian Ministry for Environment and Territory
Address: via Cristoforo Colombo, 44
Phone: 0039-06- 5722-8106/09