Valletta (Malta), 18-19 May 2017. This informal meeting is held within the framework of the UfM Energy and Climate Action Agenda and is part of the UfM Energy Platforms, which aim to deliver a secure, affordable and sustainable energy supply in the Mediterranean.
Fostering comprehensive multilateral discussions is key to facilitate the deployment of energy efficiency measures in the Mediterranean region. As part of the UfM efforts to promote regional dialogue on the subject, Ministers in charge of energy, government representatives, as well as key stakeholders of the UfM region will discuss today and tomorrow how to enhance regional cooperation to implement energy efficiency solutions in the Mediterranean.
A session chaired by the UfM Co-Presidency and the UfM Secretariat, will be dedicated to report on the ongoing developments and the implementation of the work programmes of the three UfM Energy Platforms, with a special focus on the UfM Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Platform (UfM REEE). The UfM REEE Platform aims to promote the deployment of renewable energies and energy efficiency measures in order to ensure access to secure, affordable and reliable energy services and support climate change adaptation and mitigation in our region.
The UfM Secretariat is promoting concrete projects and initiatives under the umbrella of the UfM REEE platform, such as the SEMed Private Renewable Energy Framework (SPREF), developed in cooperation with the EBRD to encourage the growth of private markets for renewable energy in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. This initiative is expected to avoid 780,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.
The UfM Energy Platforms are flexible and effective structures that, under the coordination of the UfM Co-Presidency, organise and support a regular regional dialogue among the UfM Member States, financial institutions, regional organisations, industry actors, energy experts and other key stakeholders in the region.
The construction industry and the tourism, two strategic sectors for the economic growth of the region, will be the focus of two other debates on energy efficiency. Through presentations on energy efficiency solutions, business models, and the exchange of best practices, the different stakeholders will aim to identify viable solutions for the implementation of effective energy efficiency models in the Mediterranean.