We are at a pivotal moment in our fight against the climate crisis. Without policy change, the Mediterranean region will be 2.2 degrees warmer than pre-industrial times by 2040. To limit global warming, we urgently need to be more energy efficient, while increasing the use of clean energy in all sectors, including transport, industry and heating and cooling.”
EU Commissioner for Energy
The Mediterranean countries face today common energy and climate challenges that require a high level of multilateral responses and collective actions. A reinforced cooperation in the energy and climate action fields is needed and represents an opportunity for both shores of the Mediterranean to achieve the ultimate goal of fostering the integration and the social and economic development in the region.
The Union for the Mediterranean acts as a unique platform to facilitate and promote regional dialogue and cooperation as well as concrete projects and initiatives in the fields of Energy and Climate Action in order to deal with energy and climate change challenges in the region while advancing towards more secure and sustainable energy models.
The UfM has observer status at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
in energy demand in Southern Mediterranean countries by 2040
total investment on energy needed in the MENA region for the next 30 years
The rise of average temperature not to be surpassed as agreed through the Paris Agreement is almost being exceeded in the Mediterranean region
Promote a Mediterranean agenda for energy as well as for climate action linked to the global agenda and the international fora.
Reinforce and animate a structured regional dialogue on energy and climate action among Member States, regional organisations, financial institutions, civil society, private sector and experts.
Support the promotion of projects and initiatives as well as their implementation and replicability, in line with the priorities identified within the dialogue platforms