IEA helps develop 20 energy efficiency policy proposals for Arab-SEMED region

26 May 2014

Energy efficiency is not only the quickest and lowest-cost way to address many security and environmental issues that plague many countries, it is also one of best ways for an economy to meet surging energy demand. With energy consumption growing by well over 5% a year in many parts of the Arab and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, the IEA joined with regional partners to develop the first regional tailoring of its 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations.

The results are 20 detailed recommendations across six sectors designed by top energy efficiency experts from ten economies in the region. Presented in the new IEA publication, Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations: Arab-Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Region, the proposals range from policies to promote energy efficiency for small and medium enterprises to measures to design and implement minimum energy performance standards for buildings and appliances. The publication is also available in Arabic and French

The experts developed the recommendations at a roundtable funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and organised with the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and the League of Arab States. Participants from across the region, from Egypt to Iraq, Sudan to Tunisia, used the two-day event in Amman, Jordan, to identify and compare specific Arab-SEMED energy savings opportunities as well as market barriers, which include highly subsidised energy prices, demanding climatic conditions and sparse funding.

Drawing from the 2011 IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations and proposals from other groups such as the World Energy Council, the participants then developed 20 energy efficiency policies to address those impediments and realise the region’s potential for significant energy savings. Some of these measures do not differ much from the IEA originals, such as policies that promote “eco-driving” as part of driver training, while others take into account the specifics of the region, such as solar water heating and co-operation through regional groups to phase out incandescent lighting.

The pages of Regional Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations: Arab-Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) Region are divided vertically, with the 20 recommendations described in detail on one side, across from analysis of barriers and an explanation of benefits. The final page presents a grid that prioritises all of the recommendations, organising them by policy type, sector affected, savings and ease of implementation, with a timeline for implementation.

The booklet is the first of a new IEA series of tailored regional energy efficiency recommendations. The Agency is now working with South East Asian and Latin American partners to develop policy proposals for those regions.

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