1 National REEE Strategies and Policies

This workstream gathers all meetMED activities aimed at supporting the development and implementation of EE and RES policies in the Mediterranean region whilst harmonising them.
In particular, the workstream entails the following:

- Creating a regional network of experts of the Mediterranean countries to support the implementation of EE and RES policies enhancing national operational programmes in the region and to establish two regional task forces to identify the countries’ needs in terms of EE and RES regulatory framework in the building and power sectors.
The experts will be responsible for elaborating policy briefs and reports giving an overview country per country on RE and EE in the region. All the results will be presented at specific workshops.

- Updating relevant existing monitoring tools on energy and climate policies and developing a database on existing measures to implement regulation on RES and EE. This will facilitate benchmarking the progress of the policies and regulations implemented in the Mediterranean region. A report bringing forward the existing MEDENER Observatory project and capitalising on EU-ODYSSEE, RCREEE AFEX, CLIMASOUTH will complete the activity.

2 Professional and Vocational Training

Following a market investigation on existing national/regional infrastructures of EE and RES professional training, trans-national technical and vocational training packages and courses will be developed on three specific topics:

Sustainable energy design toolkit for public authorities

This toolkit will consist of guidelines for public authorities on the use of sustainable energy design and financing tools and the development of guidelines for improving multi-level governance in the Mediterranean area in the field of sustainable energy planning and for better adaptation of the EU legislation to local contexts in the Mediterranean countries.

Energy audits in industrial small medium enterprises (SME)

A concise methodology will be developed. This will include all the necessary steps required for the completion of a thorough energy audit, taking into account the particularities and specific requirements of SME’s and technical information concerning energy efficiency measures in industrial horizontal processes.

Integration of EE and RES measures in buildings

For EE, this will include information concerning both the structural components of the building and the electromechanical equipment as well as behavioural aspects. For RES, this will mainly include information concerning photovoltaic systems and solar thermal systems as well as the use of micro-grids.

3 REEE Sustainable Growth and Investments

This workstream addresses policy and regulatory risks and barriers for the financing of EE and RES in the Mediterranean countries, by gathering updated information in several MEETMED Investment Country Reports (MICR) on investment climate in the energy sector, the energy market structure and effective legislative framework for EE and RES investments.

A structured series of national and regional consultations with key stakeholders will help identifying current and potential markets for RE and EE products and services and which parts of the relevant value chains are of high potential for creating local value in the respective countries.

After assessing the potential of local manufacturing, a series of consultations and workshops will contribute to define possible modalities to support industrial associations, which might be created at national or Mediterranean level and could serve to promote local production of RE and EE systems’ components.

National and regional tools will also assess the socio-economic effects of RE and EE related projects, especially in terms of local job and value creation, so as to elaborate practice-oriented recommendations for decision makers and international partners on how the socio-economic benefits of RE and EE can be harvested in the best possible way.

4 meetMED for the UfM REEE Platform

The UfM REEE Platform aims to promote the gradual development of EE and RE measures for socio-economic development, to ensure that all citizens and firms in the region have access to secure, modern and affordable energy supply and to support adaptation and mitigation measures towards climate change in the Euro-Mediterranean Region.

This workstream supports the Platform, in so far as it entails an efficient dissemination campaign about the importance of energy transition, not only to save energy and reduce carbon emissions but also to make energy accessible to households and companies at affordable prices, create new jobs, and ensure shared prosperity in the Mediterranean region, where energy demand is expected to grow significantly.

In order to do so, several meetings, events and focus studies will be prepared. In particular, on the one side, the High-Level Policy Dialogue will focus on the promotion of RE and EE in the region and aims to develop a concept note on how to build strong partnerships between the Maghreb, Mashreq, and the European Union financial institutions to fight climate change through the deployment of RE. On the other side, two MEDENER International Conferences will be organised to analyse in depth specific topics, related to the acceleration of energy transition in the Mediterranean region.