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Shifting towards low-emissions and resilient buildings in the Mediterranean region

Victoria Jimenez


date June 28, 2022 | 15:30 - 17:00
Multifunction Hall Room 6
Union for the Mediterranean
Greener Urban Futures
NE 66


The Mediterranean region is among the hardest hit by the consequences of climate change. Some areas might become inhabitable by 2050. Buildings and construction already make up about 40% of greenhouse gas emissions, and the global building stock is growing rapidly. As temperatures rise, cooling needs are becoming a key driver in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Energy demand for air conditioning is expected to triple by 2050. Energy-efficient building designs and appliances are essential to achieve a greener urban future in the Mediterranean region, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and leading to more livable and resilient cities. Bold policies, massive investments and capacity building at scale are needed to transform the buildings and construction sector. The Networking Event will highlight the efforts and growing commitment of national governments towards low emissions and resilient buildings in the region and showcase successful and upcoming initiatives funded by the European Commission to support this transition. This includes examples of how to promote Energy-efficient buildings and appliances through capacity building and policy support across eight countries, with support from the Mitigation Enabling Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Region project (meetMED II). Egypt, host of the next climate change summit, will present “demo actions” on the potential of district cooling and technologies in South Mediterranean countries. Morocco will present its experience in developing a national financing mechanism for energy-efficient residential building supported by climate financing, developed in collaboration with The Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB). PEEB combines financing for large-scale financing projects with national policy support and technical assistance and will expand its financing support with the launch of a new regional initiative in South Mediterranean countries funded by the European Commission later this year. The panel will include representatives from the Moroccan Ministry of National and Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy and the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities who will highlight the work of their respective countries towards low emissions and resilient urban futures. Representatives of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), the Mediterranean Association of National Agencies for Energy Management (MEDENER), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) will present ongoing actions and upcoming support and how to scale them up, in the region.


Stress the importance of developing low-emissions and climate-resilient urban areas in the South Mediterranean region Showcase concrete actions taken by national governments in the region to shift towards a low-emissions and resilient buildings and construction sector Highlight regional and international financial and technical cooperation initiatives to scale up bioclimatic building designs and energy-efficient appliances among South Mediterranean countries Showcase ongoing activities and announce upcoming ones funded by the European Commission in improving the energy efficiency and resilience of urban areas in the South Mediterranean region

Session speakers

Ms. Victoria Jimenez
Head of Sector, Urban Development
Union for the Mediterranean
Ms. Laura Liger
Policy Officer
DG REGIO, European Commission
Ms. Sonja Leighton-Kone
Acting Deputy Executive Director
Dr. Abdelkhalek Ibrahim
Assistant Minister
Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities
Mr. Ilyas Essabai
Head of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Direction of Quality and Technical Affairs
Ministry of National Planning, Urban Development, Housing, and Urban Policy
Dr. Jauad El Kharraz
Executive Director
Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Ms. Isabel Geppert
Head of the Secretariat
Programme for Energy Efficiency in Buildings (PEEB)