Guidelines to improve energy efficiency in SEMED published


20 new energy efficiency policy recommendations to help countries in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED), Middle East and North Africa 

28 May 2014 – London, UK – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have joined with regional partners, the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the League of Arab States (LAS), to develop Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations for the Mediterranean and North African region.

140528-pmwj23-energy-IMAGEWith energy consumption growing over 5 per cent a year in many Arab countries including those in the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, energy efficiency is not only the quickest and lowest-cost way to address the security and environmental issues; it is also one of the best ways for an economy to meet surging energy demand.

Drawing on the 2011 IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations and proposals from other groups such as the World Energy Council, experts from 10 economies in the Arab region gathered in April 2013 at a roundtable in Amman, Jordan, to identify the key challenges and barriers facing energy efficiency in the region across the different sectors.

Challenges included the rapid growth in energy demand and highly subsidised energy prices. In the meantime the capacity of implementing regulatory policies remains very low.

The experts developed 20 energy efficiency policies to address the obstacles and realise the region’s potential for significant energy savings. The policies are cross-sectoral and focus on the minimum energy performance requirements, while highlighting the role of governments in drawing up and implementing strategies. The participants also called for close cooperation with other regional and international partners in the energy efficiency domain.

To view the report, go to The new IEA publication: the “Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations: Arab-Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Region”.

The SEMED is the latest region in which the Bank is working to support economic change. To date the EBRD has invested €944 million in 34 projects across various sectors.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), established in 1991 to nurture the private sector in central and Eastern Europe and ex-soviet countries, uses investment to help build market economies and democracies. The EBRD, owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, is the largest single investor in the region and provides programme and project financing for banks, industries and businesses.  The EBRD has supported more than 3,500 projects in more than 30 countries to date.  For more information about the bank, visit http://www.ebrd.com/index.htm.  More about EBRD projects at http://www.ebrd.com/pages/project.shtml.

Source: EBRD

Editor’s note:  The 20 energy efficiency policies included in this report seem applicable to all countries everywhere.  In turn, they point to opportunities for programmes and projects to implement energy efficiencies, and can impact many other projects and project management topics.  We encourage all readers to click on the link and read the Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations.  They are brilliant!