MED-ENEC II - Energy efficiency in construction

Encourages energy efficiency and the use of solar energy in the construction sector, through capacity building, fiscal and economic instruments and pilot projects

Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey

Timeframe: 2009-2013

Budget: €5 million


The project encourages energy efficiency and the use of solar energy in the construction sector, playing a major role in the design and implementation of cooperation efforts between the EU and its Mediterranean Partners and among the Partners themselves.
The Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector II (MED-ENEC) project, which follows on from MED-ENEC I, carried out between 2005-2009, also endeavours to raise public awareness and involve civil society in climate-oriented building techniques, energy efficiency and renewable energy use in buildings.
What does it do?
It focuses on strengthening business services and supporting markets, improving institutional capacities and establishing favourable institutional structures as well as fiscal and economic instruments. Pilot projects are carried out to demonstrate best practices and for training purposes. Established dissemination structures are used to ensure knowledge transfer.
To build capacity, it organises national and regional workshops and consulting events, while encouraging the creation of information, communication and cooperation networks. The project also offers instruments, standards and incentive measures to policy makers, supports communities, real estate developers and building owners with comprehensive and cost‑effective services.



Actions in brief


  • Raising awareness of the potential, the benefits and the feasibility of EE measures
  • Disseminates information on best practices, while highlighting the need to adopt an integrated perspective covering aspects like tariff-setting, standards and regulations, economic incentives and disincentives, adequate financing schemes etc
  • Negotiates agreements with public bodies (including Ministries), business associations, consumers associations, local banks and municipalities, with the aim of developing EE schemes.
  • Builds the auditing, accreditation or installation capacities to support these undertakings.

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation in the country; however, since in principle Syria is eligible for cooperation under the ENPI, activities may be taken up again once the situation improves.
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