The 2nd UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum: Supporting local authorities in their efforts towards the energy transition, organised by the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean will be held on 18 July 2019 in Lisbon. The event is organised under the auspices of the Portuguese Ministry of the Environment and Energy Transition and the local organization is coordinated by the Portuguese Energy Agency (ADENE) with the financial support of Sweden.

The Forum is in line with UfM’s Roadmap aiming to “foster regional cooperation in the energy sector (interconnections, interdependency, efficiency, renewable energy, energy mix)” and ensuring the involvement of local authorities.

Clima-Med will be part of the discussion panel ‘’Setting the Scene: Regional Framework’’, where this session aims to provide a general framework on the state of play of local authorities’ efforts and actions regarding energy efficiency, climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as renewable energies, with a special focus on shared regional challenges and opportunities.

Our team leader – Mr. Naguib Amin will give an overview on the current situation of local authorities’ actions regarding energy efficiency, climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as renewable energies, with a special focus on shared regional challenges and opportunities. (Perspectives for future local authorities’ actions regarding their actions in renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate change adaptation and mitigation).

Endorsed by the UfM as a labelled regional cooperation project, Clima-Med will have a specific panel dedicated to some of its beneficiary municipalities to showcase how the project has sensitized cities from UfM’s member states to the many multi-level environmental issues and the challenges facing them and how to respond to those through capacity-building.

This session will identify examples of emerging innovative solution schemes, best practices and successful experiences implemented in the Mediterranean cities through the support of Clima-Med. Ramadan Sadeek, Director of Environmental Issues, Luxor Governorate (Egypt), Omar Hejira, Mayor of Oujda (Morocco), Antoun Salman, Mayor of Bethlehem (Palestine) and Ahmed Ghedira, Deputy Mayor of Monastir (Tunisia) will shed some light on the benefits for local authorities in achieving a sustainable energy transition and tackling climate change challenges.

By bringing together high-level government representatives, stakeholders, private sector investors, companies, services providers’ business representatives, international financial institutions from 43 countries, the objectives of the 2nd UfM Energy and Climate Business Forum is to offer a highly representative platform and to promote innovative and tangible financing solutions, private investment and public-private partnerships in the Euro-Mediterranean region oriented to local authorities’ efforts in achieving a sustainable energy transition and in facing climate change challenges.

Home to an increasing population of over 500 million inhabitants, with growing energy demands, the Mediterranean region is nowadays facing significant energy and climate challenges. According to the Observatoire Méditerranéen de l’Énergie (OME), per capita energy demand is estimated to increase by 62% in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries by 2040 (taking 2018 as reference year).

cover photo credit: Union for the Mediterranean

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