MED-ENEC - Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean

MED-ENEC - Facing The Energy Challenge

External cooperation programmes - European Commission


A regional project funded by the European Union. It aims to increase the use of Energy Efficiency measures and Renewable Energy systems in buildings in southern and eastern Mediterranean countries. Apart from policy advice and business development, special emphasis is placed on the support of large building programmes as multipliers of climate friendly and cost-saving technologies and measures.

Energy Efficiency Fights Unemployment

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) face a significant economic and social challenge in the next decade. It must provide employment and opportunities for a rapidly increasing working-age population. This population group will be better educated and more ambitious than almost any previous generation. They will have greater expectations on quality of life than ever before. So not only will more jobs be needed but they will also need to be the right jobs that meet new aspirations.

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How to manage energy subsidies in the MENA region?

Energy subsidy reform is increasingly necessary in the MENA region. Here, more than 50% of global energy subsidies are spent, of billions of Euro each year. The MED-ENEC brochure “Energy Subsidies: A road map for reforms”

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Ramadan Mubarak to MED-ENEC Partners

MED-ENEC celebrated the holy month of Ramadan with its partners and friends in Egypt.



A joint Iftar gathering was organized by MED-ENEC and TARES projects on 5 August, 2013, at the Four Seasons Plaza Hotel in Cairo.

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MED-ENEC to organize a regional workshop on Energy Efficiency Building Code Enforcement in partnership with the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation

The workshop will take place on 25 September, 2013, back to back with the Beirut Energy Forum, with the support of the League of Arab States

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The Arab Countries Celebrate the Arab Energy Efficiency Day

In cooperation with MED-ENEC and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), the League of Arab States celebrated the Arab Energy Efficiency Day.

Arab Energy Efficiency Day Celebration

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MENA Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency - Walking the Talk with Policies to Support Private Investment


MED-ENEC OECD CEEBA Business Dinner Pannel

MED-ENEC in partnership with the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations and MENA-OECD Investment Programme organized a business dinner on MENA Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency on Monday, 8th April 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.

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Interview with Sam Gouda (SG), Short Term Expert for MED-ENEC, Lead Facilitator in the Seminar “Energy Efficient Lighting” in Cairo, February 2013


ME: What exactly are you doing in Cairo?
SG: I just concluded a workshop as a facilitator/ lecturer which I performed together with MED-ENEC, in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy on the issue of Energy Efficient lighting.

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Energy Efficiency Codes “Brochure” Released

With the MENA region having one of the world’s highest energy intensities, a more efficient energy economy is an ambitious, but accessible goal. This is the key message of the 32 page MED-ENEC brochure now released to furnish the political dialogue, for instance, by arguing that Energy Efficiency should be priority, as energy which was not consumed is the cheapest and most environmental friendly solution. The increased use of EE solutions and renewable energies is essential to ensure a competitive business environment as well as growing employment.

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Energy Efficiency Building Codes Workshop in Tunisia Coming Soon

MED-ENEC is organizing a workshop in Tunisia in April 2013, to support implementation of Energy Efficiency building codes (EE BC) in the MENA region. Basically EE BCs are a set of rules covering various parameters which specify the minimum acceptable levels of saving energy in building constructions. Specific binding requirements must be applied by investors, architects and engineers – essential for improving the energy performance of buildings.

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South Korea gives an example in Energy Efficient Buildings

In December 2012, the so called "Energy Dream Center" in South Korea opened its doors to the public. Main goal of this zero emission building is to demonstrate the potentials of Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) solutions to the public, declared the German Institut Fraunhofer ISE which had the lead in this project. It might also be an interesting example to be examined by MENA countries, also as an interesting approach to raise public awareness in the region and catch up.

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