Features - Energy
Children: ambassadors for sustainable energy
Being eco-friendly is a civic act: this is the message to emerge from the ‘energy days’ organised in Salé, the first town in Africa and the Arab world to have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors. An approach where local communities are heavily involved is at the centre of the fram...
The car of the future
Four prototype vehicles that run exclusively on solar energy are parked in the seaside resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, at the workshop of the Airtec company. In 2008, the company received a grant from the bilateral Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) programme funded by the European Commissi...
A hospital powered by wind
Spreading the word about renewable energy is one thing, but who would have thought that you could run a hospital on wind power? Well, you can and the proof is in Hebron, where the Al Ahli Hospital plans to use wind power to cover about 40% of its energy needs. The project, which is the first of its ...
EuropeAid Feature - Developing energy, boosting the economy and linking the region
In order to ensure security of energy supply by developing natural gas resources, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria - with Turkey and Iraq as observers - are in the process of integrating their regional gas markets. This entails both legislative and regulatory harmonisation, along with the dev...
EuropeAid Feature - Energy efficiency in the construction sector in the Mediterranean
Reducing energy consumption is a key objective in the battle against climate change. Best practices in energy efficiency construction must therefore be established. Strengthening business services and supporting markets, improving institutional capacities and establishing favourable institutional ...
Eurojar Feature - Ecological administrative buildings in Egypt
Green and energy efficient technologies are traditionally tested in innovative residential buildings. Such projects seem however to be hardly fitting the public building stock. Yet, Egypt realized a pilot project of refurbishment including solar cooling of the South Sinai Governorate. Julien Th...
Sharing a good energy
Learning from each other’s experiences and mistakes is always a good thing, but when a project brings together national energy regulators, with the authority to implement changes on their own initiative, the value of such meetings takes on an added dimension. Since 2006, MEDREG has bee...
Eurojar Feature - Facing the energy challenge in Algeria’s rural areas
Algeria's housing program aimed at building 450,000 rural houses from 2005-2009 and beyond, in the rural areas all over the country, in order to keep rural populations in place. A pilot project is carried out in Souidania, where priority is given to local materials and alternative energy sources. ...
The People behind the Projects - Interview with Alessandro Ortis - MEDREG II
An energetic collaboration across the Mediterranean Bringing together countries that are energy producers, consumers and key transit links, MEDREG, the Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators for Electricity and Gas, plays a crucial role in preparing for the f...
Tracking the sun
In the middle of the Egyptian desert, more than 100,000 mirrors are tracking the sun across the sky to capture its energy. This vast site promises to open the door to renewable energy in the region and is an initiative that the European Union is watching closely. Two EU-funded projects, MED-EMIP a...
Building for the future
Reducing energy consumption is a key objective in the battle against climate change. In Syria, the EU-funded MED-ENEC project has combined inspiration from the past with cutting-edge technologies in a visionary new housing project that promises huge energy savings to its residents....
EU connecting Arab and European Gas Markets
A project that helps develop energy, boost the economy and creates regional links. In Syria there are three priority areas: infrastructure, regulatory framework and transfer of knowledge and skills. By All4Syria.org ...
Hydraulic challenges and European partnership
7000 hectares of cultivated fields surrounding Moroccan towns are irrigated with untreated waste water and out of 72 waste water treatment stations in the country, only half are actually operational. This situation was disclosed thanks to MEDAWARE, one of the five projects benefiting Morocco under t...
Project for energy efficiency in the building sector
In Algeria, social-economic development in rural areas is one of the priorities of the local authorities. Nearly 450,000 housing units are currently being erected in regions that have suffered from Islamic terrorism. Thanks to the European MED-ENEC project, the National Centre for Studies and Inte...
Cooperation boosts sustainable energy development
Sustainable energy has been a priority for the EuroMed partnership since its inception in 1995. In March 2007, European Heads of State and Government set ambitious targets for renewable energy and energy efficiencywithin the EU as part of the EU’s contribution to tackling climate change. Two m...
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