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Towards an accelerated energy transition in Mediterranean region - 07/19/2016

At the half-way point between COP21 in Paris and COP22 in Marrakesh, and two months from MedCOP Climate in Tangiers, the 4th MEDENER Conference held in Algiers on 25th May, 2016, marked out the route to be followed for the Mediterranean to engage in energy transition.

Natural gas – An ally in energy transition - 07/19/2016

"With gas, our energy transition will be a success. Without it, we will fail !" warns Abdelmajid Attar, vice-president of the Algerian Gas Industry Association (AIG). Natural gas, which featured at the 4th international conference organized by the MEDENER, does have a case. According to Attar, "Energy transition will be a boon...

The ideal 2040 scenario would see a 30% reduction in demand for primary energy - 07/19/2016

The report on energy transition in the Mediterranean in 2040, published by the MEDENER and the OME with support from the ADEME, highlights the gap between the inertia and transition scenarios. A combination of energy efficiency and energy transition would increase the share of renewable energies in the region's energy mix to 27%.

"Concerted efforts are still required" - 07/19/2016

Jorge Borrego, deputy secretary-general for energy and climate action at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM)

The Algiers Declaration - 07/19/2016

At the close of the 4th MEDENER International Conference in Algiers, the participants issued a declaration in which they: Recognize the urgent need to accelerate energy efficiency policy moves and the promotion of renewable energy sources in the Mediterranean countries' energy mix in order to speed up the energy transition...

CMI: Bringing change to the Mediterranean - 10/29/2012 - With CMI

Since it was founded in mid-2009, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) has published studies on financing education, the impact of climate change on Mediterranean coastal cities and a guide to creating technopoles. The CMI is now in a delivering phase. Below are some examples of what CMI programs have achieved in the...

CMI cultivates the partnership approach - 10/29/2012 - With CMI

Six Mediterranean countries (Egypt, France, Jordan , Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia), the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the City of Marseille, joined to create, in just two years the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI). The spirit of partnership is thus at the heart of the CMI since states and public...

CMI: New programs overview and beyond - 10/29/2012 - With CMI

17 programs will be under way at the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) during 2012, three more than in 2011. Though diverse, the CMI’s programs do not work in isolation—efforts are made to promote dialogue among the programs in each cluster, as well as across clusters. This interaction helps to maximize synergies and...

CMI Reporting! - 10/29/2012 - With CMI

Last June, the Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) was the subject of an audit conducted by an independent body. For two months, DFC experts examined the programs, actions and methodology used by the CMI. If the initial results are positive, some areas for improvement should provide a new impetus. Catalan firm DFC...

Responding to New Demands - 10/29/2012 - By Mats Karlsson, Director of CMI

By Mats Karlsson, Director of CMI Nearly one year ago, the Arab Spring erupted. No one could have predicted its arrival or the course of events that followed; no one can say for sure where those events will lead. But the tensions that underlay the uprisings were common knowledge:  The need for more efficient and open...

Reinventing the Mediterranean - 10/29/2012 - Philippe de Fontaine Vive

By Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice President of the European Investment Bank The wave of revolutions that has shaken the Mediterranean since January 2011 is unprecedented in the region’s contemporary history. Comparable to the events experienced by Europeans in autumn 1989, the now famous Arab Spring stands as a message of hope...

A Few Words from the Vice President, Middle East and North Africa Region, World Bank - 10/29/2012 - Inger Andersen Vice President, Middle East and North Africa

These are extraordinary times for citizens in our region. As we are all aware, many opportunities have opened up, and, at the same time, economic and social challenges remain. Much work lies ahead to realize the dreams that underlie the Arab Spring. How can we support the historic social processes underway, processes driven...

InfraMed fund launches website - 10/29/2012

InfraMed, which was created in May 2010, has just seen its website  go live. This is an ideal opportunity for an update on the first financing facility of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).  With seed capital of €385m, InfraMed joins together five prestigious institutions...
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