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Project Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme

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

- MEDREP takes advantage of the co-Chairmens Report (Italy and United Kingdom) of the G8 Renewable Energy Task Force and specifically the outlined goal of reducing renewable energy technology costs by expanding markets and building a strong market environment for renewable energy. The report recommends that "countries should help to develop and demonstrate renewable energy projects where (i) renewables are a least cost option on a life cycle basis and /or (ii) renewables can achieve protection of local and/or global environment at reasonable costs."

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Subject(s) no translation available , no translation available
Acronym MEDREP
Geographical coverage Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey
Budget (in €) 4000000
Programme International program
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- The two principal objectives of the programme are:

* to provide modern energy services, particularly to rural populations;
* to contribute to climate change mitigation by increasing the share of renewable energy technologies in the energy mix in the region.

- In this perspective, the programme strives to develop a sustainable renewable energy market system in the greater Mediterranean region through three main sub-projects:

* tailoring financial instruments and mechanisms to support projects;
* strengthening policy frameworks and removing barriers to project development; and
building 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 between stakeholders.




Results Developing a sustainable renewable energy market system; “Tradable Renewable Certificates”; “Certified Emission Reductions”;

- Identification of policies and institutional barriers; 

- Feasibility studies for real projects with:

* village-scale mini-grids,
* renewable energy introduction (mainly solar but also geothermal energy) in the building sector,
* desalinating sea water,
* increasing agricultural water pumping by solar, wind and biomass powered water pumps,
* disseminating cooling systems for the food conservation, powered by renewable, in farms and fisheries,
* using solar home systems, small wind turbines, biogas and biomass power technologies,
* creating joint ventures and other manufacturing, assembly and distribution/installation capabilities;

- Assessment of the emerging market instruments; Technical/economic assessment and policy framework review of RE potential; Identification and development of financing sources and mechanisms options for the projects financial support; Establishment and implementation of MEDREC (Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre) activities;  Dissemination of information in different sectors; Strengthen existing networks; Steering Committee.

Period [01/06/2002 - 01/06/2010]