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MeetMED halfway

Interview with meetMED project manager Matteo Barra. MeetMED is a two-year, European Union-financed project managed by the MEDENER, officially launched in May, 2018, at the Union for the Mediterranean’s headquarters in Barcelona. Version française

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meetMED Workshop on assessing the existing quality infrastructures for EE and RES equipment and services in the SEMCs
meetMED Workshop on assessing the existing quality infrastructures for EE and RES equipment and services in the SEMCs What is meetMED about?
Matteo Barra: It’s a project funded by the European Union that puts the national energy agencies of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece at the service of countries in the South and Eastern Mediterranean (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine) to help them put in place renewable energy and energy efficiency (REEE) measures. On the political side, the international agreements have laid down clear objectives, but the measures undertaken at the technical level remain weak. Exchanging best practices are a way of moving things forward more quickly.
What kind of actions are the meetMED partners undertaking?
MB: MeetMED provides technical information and guidance to aid authorities’ decision making in order to enhance their capacity for planning and implementing sustainable energy policies and measures. We do this in several ways. We provide statistical means, a database, to gauge the efficacy of national REEE policies. We also provide professional training for employees of the companies and agencies involved in implementing the actions. We study how to improve the regulatory and administrative frameworks to streamline local and international investment throughout the entire REEE industries chain. Lastly, we provide support for the Union for the Mediterranean’s platform for renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The programme is almost at its half-way point. What are the results so far?
MB: After a necessary start-up phase, since we needed to put together a network of international experts and create the structures, we are now operational. We have organized training sessions in Algiers, workshops in Amman (strategy), Beirut and Tunis (energy efficiency in buildings). We have also published a report on REEE strategy. This report is the final result of the combined work of the MED REN experts, who laid the groundwork for achieving ambitious goals in terms of improving energy efficiency and better integration of renewable energies across all sectors, including construction, transport, manufacturing,, trading, public services, agriculture and energy production.
At the end of September, the MEDENER organized an international conference in Rhodes on the theme of sustainable energy solutions for islands and isolated areas. How can these serve as examples for REEE issues?
MB: Islands and isolated regions are severely restricted when it comes to energy production and storage, transport links, water and waste management and air conditioning. Therefore, they need to innovate and take extensive measures. We see them as pathfinders to solutions.

Tuesday, October 29th 2019

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