The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC) – About MEDREC

The Italian Ministry of The Environment and Territory (IMET), the Ministry for Industry and Energy of Tunisia (TMIE) and the Tunisian National Agency for Energy Efficiency (ANME), signed on January 26, 2004 a Memorandum of Understanding for establishing in Tunis a Centre for training, information dissemination, networking and development of pilot projects in the field of renewable energies (MEDREC).
The Partners of the MEDREC are International and Governmental Institutions, working on energy and environmental sustainability, in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

The Tunis Centre is included in the framework of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD), a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of developing world Centres of Excellence and network partners, renowned for their activities on energy, development and environment issues.

The mission of MEDREC is to develop regional competencies through the transfer of technologies, the training of human capacities, the dissemination of information in the field of renewable energies (REs) and The enhancement of the positive role of “Tradable Renewable Certificates” (TRECs) and “Certified Emission Reductions” (CERs) in boosting private sector investments in the Region, through:

The promotion and development of projects in the field of REs in the Mediterranean Region.
The deployment of financing sources and mechanisms’ options for the financial support of REs projects.
The networking between the different Countries of the region through the exchange of experiences, the capitalization of the know-how and the transfer of technologies issued from the projects results.
The development of knowledge, the capacity building and the dissemination.

The Centre is managed by a technical director designated by ANME in cooperation with a deputy director designated by IMET.
The technical staff is composed by nine experts, one from each of the Partners’ Countries, two experts from Italy and two experts from UNEP.

Steering Committee

The activities of the Centre are co-ordinated by a Steering Committee which meets twice a year to approve the annual work program, review the progress achieved, analyse and verify the results obtained.

The Steering Committee, currently composed by the Director General of IMET, the Director General of TMIESME, the Director General of ANME, the Director of OME, the Director of UNEP/DTIE, will be extended to all MEDREC partners, including AMTE (Algeria), CDER (Morocco), EGA (Libya), NREA (Egypt)

MEDREP Initiative
The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme (MEDREP) was launched as a Type II Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg by Italy.

The two principal objectives of the programme are:
To provide sustainable energy services particularly to rural populations;
To contribute to the climate change mitigation by increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix of the Region.
In this perspective, the programme aims at developing a sustainable renewable energy market system in the greater Mediterranean Region, through three main sub-projects:
tailoring of financial instruments and mechanisms to support projects;
strengthening of policy frameworks and overcoming of barriers to renewable energy deployment;
building of a stronger private sector infrastructure, considering the positive role of “Tradable Renewable Certificates” and “Certified Emission Reductions”.
These sub-projects aim to strengthen existing networks while favouring the creation of new relations among the main stakeholders within the Mediterranean region.

This piece is taken from the website of The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC).

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