Promotion of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Tunisia
Policy measure

According to GTZ (2011), the Agence Nationale pour la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ANME) has been the lead implementing agency of the project Promotion of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Tunisia, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.


The project seeks to support the Tunisian government in aligning its energy policy with its sustainable development strategy. Moreover, it aims to create an enabling environment that promotes renewable energies and energy efficiency in Tunisia.


The project involves Tunisia’s industry ministry, energy agency and other government, private sector and civil society actors.

Implementation

The following activities have been initiated (GTZ, 2011):

  • “The project promotes investment in renewable energies and energy efficiency by providing information and technical advice and by supporting relevant projects.

  • Advice is offered to providers of energy technologies and services on how to improve their products and services.

  • Information on how to use renewable energies, save energy and access funding instruments in these fields is given to Tunisian energy consumers.

  • Consulting engineers, private companies, architects and public sector employees receive training in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency.

  • Through development partnerships with the private sector, the project supports European and Tunisian companies in their endeavours to transfer sustainable energy technologies.”

Challenges
No identified challenges.
Outcomes

The project supported the transfer of sustainable energy technology and corresponding expertise between Tunisian and European enterprises and research centres. Tunisian engineering offices, installation companies, architects, and civil servants took part in post-basic training for RE and EE. With project help, a number of pilot projects were initiated, among them an energy efficient office building and Tunisia’s first solar-thermal power plant (GTZ, 2011).


The project has helped to reduce the consumption of fossil energies such as oil and natural gas, and thus also reduces the energy costs of the government, private sector and other power consumers. Economic activities are stimulated and new jobs created. Since 2009, Tunisian households and private companies have, for the first time, been able to produce electricity from renewable energy sources for their own consumption, feed any surplus into the national grid and receive payment for it. Over 3,000 new jobs have been created in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency. Since 2004, energy substitution and efficiency improvement measures have produced fossil energy savings totalling more than 2,800 kilotonnes of oil equivalents. Last but not least, the avoidance of polluting emissions has improved the air quality in Tunisia and contributed to global climate protection (GTZ, 2011).

References

GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), 2011. Promotion of renewable energies and energy efficiency. Available at: www.gtz.de/en/weltweit/maghreb-naher-osten/tunesien/7705.htm