GSEP partners with R20 to support capacity-building in the Mediterranean

September 25, 2014

A first joint initiative between the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) and R20 – Regions of Climate Actions was launched in Oran, Algeria this week. Together with R20’s office for the sub-Mediterranean regions and with the Algerian Ministry of Territorial Planning and Environment, a workshop was held from September 23-25, 2014 on renewable energy and energy efficiency. The aim of this workshop is to develop solutions to different issues related to renewable energy, energy efficiency, waste management and recycling for Algeria and countries of the sub-Mediterranean region. As a unique pool of expertise in the electricity sector, GSEP was able to share the knowledge of its members in these matters with their counterparts in the region.

Focusing on three major aspects of the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects –mainly regulatory framework and policies, technologies and their application, and financing and business models– several representatives from West African and Mediterranean countries were invited to share their views and experiences with experts from the international power sector that included representatives from GSEP members Iberdrola, Hydro-Québec, Enel and Électricité de France. A total of 48 participants representing 15 countries are in attendance.
Abdelghani Zaalane, Wali of Oran, Algeria was present at the workshop and expressed his enthusiasm at the development of concrete intiatives in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Algeria and the region that are being supported by his government. Mohamed Mekkakia, the representative of the Algerian Ministry of Territorial Planning and Environment, echoed these sentiments, noting that this workshop was important and very timely for Algeria and the region, supporting the momentum for these projects.