Political dialogue and knowledge management on low emission strategies in the MENA region - Internationale Climate Initiative (IKI)
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Political dialogue and knowledge management on low emission strategies in the MENA region

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

In the course of the global climate agreement, MENA countries have been requested to present strategies for transforming their national economies into sustainable and low-carbon economic systems. However, both macroeconomic and sector specific country plans have given little importance to climate policy objectives so far. Many countries developed their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) without taking into account detailed macroeconomic considerations. Moreover, instruments to improve energy and resource efficiency need still to be developed. The project supports the partner countries to identify and implement suitable political instruments in order to reach their national climate change targets for subsectors. Regional expert forums serve as learning and knowledge exchange platforms for competent authorities, corporate actors and scholars. The project evaluates regional best practice and lessons learned to make the benefits accessible for worldwide IKI projects.

State of implementation/results

  • The project contributes to the expansion of low carbon development strategies and to the expansion of renewable energies in the MENA region
  • The project contributes significantly to IKI knowledge management in the MENA region
  • The project has great networking potential for BMU, BMZ and BMWi projects in the MENA region
  • In Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria an economic impact assessment is supported of long-term energy scenarios is supported by modelling of different scenarios. This helps to estimate the effects of an expansion of renewable energies and an improved energy efficiency on other sectors
  • In Iran: local partners are supported in their implementation of sustainable water resources management in a river catchment under the influence of climate change
  • German environmental administration experts share their experiences with Iranian experts on emission reduction in the industry by best available technologies
  • In Jordan: Support through experts related to the legal framework for the implementation of the Paris agreement obligations. Together with the Jordanian chamber of industry a pilot for two energy efficiency networks is tested
  • In Algeria: experts advise the Ministry of Energy and the electricity supplier on the integration of renewable energies into the power system as well as on technical grid connection rules
  • The Energy Department of the League of Arab States (LAS) is supported in implementing the Pan Arab Sustainable Energy Strategy and in developing national action plans and annual reports on the expansion of renewable energies and energy efficiency measures
  • A transregional platform on big solar power plants organises since 2015 a knowledge exchange on the use of solar technologies
  • A network consisting of think tanks and universities of the MENA region is developing for knowledge exchange related to climate-energy-economy modelling

Project data

Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia

Implementing organisation:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • League of Arab States - Egypt
  • Ministry of Environment - Egypt
  • Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development - Morocco
  • Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources - Jordan
  • Ministry of Energy - Algeria
  • Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies – Tunisia
  • Michael-Succow-Foundation / Michael Succow Stiftung
  • Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
  • RENAC energy & climate gGmbH

BMU grant:
17.250.000,00 €

03/2014  till  02/2021


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