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- Training course in Tunisia to empower Arab women in renewable energy projects
- A training course to raise awareness of the foundations of green finance and its relationship to sustainable development goals
- Presenting the Egyptian experience in moving from the stage of deficit in electricity production to the stage of achieving a surplus
- The most prominent financing mechanisms available in the market, whether in the field of energy efficiency or renewable energy
- Expectations of a promising future for green hydrogen in the Arab region
A training course is being held in the capital, Tunis, to empower Arab women in renewable energy projects.
This comes within the framework of the existing cooperation between the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCRE), and the “Regional Energy and Climate Project” of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, based in Amman, Jordan.
This training course aims to empower female cadres working in the public sector in the Arab world for sustainable energy, with the necessary knowledge and skills, to understand, develop and implement projects in terms of feasibility studies and regulatory frameworks.
The session’s agenda will also address the foundations of green finance and its relationship to sustainable development goals, and how to access climate finance and sustainable energy.
The Egyptian experience in renewable energy
A sustainable energy expert at the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Eng. Mustafa Hassanein, said – in exclusive statements to “Energy” – that the training workshop held in Tunisia addressed some important issues related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable energy in general.
He added that he highlighted – during the training course – the Egyptian experience in moving from the stage of deficit in electricity production to the stage of achieving a surplus, highlighting the electricity sector plan for sustainable energy and the state plan for 2035, which includes increasing the share of renewable energy to 42% in the energy mix.
He explained that, during the training course, he reviewed the most prominent financing mechanisms available in the market, as well as the Tunisian experience in applying these mechanisms available from global funds in the region.
Green hydrogen future
The sustainable energy expert, Mustafa Hassanein, indicated that the training course also focused on highlighting green hydrogen as one of the new and advanced means and technologies that will help all Arab countries to move forward in the field of renewable energies as one of the means of energy storage and transmission.
He pointed out that the availability of renewable energies in most Arab countries allows for intensive use of green hydrogen, expecting it to have a promising future in the region.
On the other hand, she threw Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREE), representing Egypt, former Undersecretary of the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Eng. Maha Mustafa, A lecture on “equality between men and women” in the field of energy.
She reviewed the most prominent figures in the region, and the most important mechanisms to help women participate in the field of sustainable energy.
The training course also shed light on the most prominent results and positions held by women in the Arab region, with a review of the Egyptian and Tunisian experiences in this regard.
The first sustainable energies and capacity building specialist at the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Engineer Iman Adel, highlighted that the aim of the training course is to transfer the Tunisian pioneering experience in this field through a set of trainings and discussions among the Tunisian women participating in the course.
She added That the project aims to Transfer of expertise to empower women in the fields of renewable energy, and discuss the most important technical and organizational axes for the dissemination of renewable energies and energy efficiency in the Arab countries, in addition to the most important regulatory and financing frameworks.
The official for international cooperation at the National Agency for Energy Conservation in Tunisia, Engineer Hassan Al-Ajrabi, thanked the Tunisian women participating in the training course, pointing out that they represented ambassadors supporting the energy transition strategy in Tunisia.
Al-Ajarbi highlighted the Tunisian energy transition plan, saying that it is based on 3 main pillars: increasing the share of electricity generation from renewable energy to 30% by 2030, reducing electricity consumption by 30% by 2030, in addition to the climate goal of mitigating 45% of carbon emissions from 2010 by 2030.
During his speech at the opening of the training course, Al-Ajarbi added that Tunisia is currently adopting a national strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
He said that the Women’s Empowerment Program includes two training sessions that extend over two weeks, from May 5-18, for training on renewable energies and green finance.
He stated that the program represents a good opportunity to exchange ideas, support and enhance the role of women and activate their role in achieving goals within the framework of the energy transition plan in Tunisia.
Sarah Heib, Director of Energy and Climate Projects in the Arab World at the German Foundation Jordan Branch, said: “We seek to empower women in the field of renewable energies, and although Tunisia has a woman in the position of Minister of Energy and Industry, and she is Naila Nouira, this is an exception. Women are still Tunisian women are facing difficulties in equalizing with men in assuming leadership positions, especially in the field of renewable energy.
She added that this course focuses on how to finance renewable energy projects for women, to help them achieve their goals and achieve the goals of the energy transition.
Heeb highlighted the importance of educating women in the field of energy efficiency, as they are more able to help achieve these goals; Being in the house for more times, and then controlling the electricity, heating and fuel devices.
Heib stressed that the training course aims to eliminate the gaps between men and women in the field of energy, empower women to succeed in the field of renewable energy, and give women the necessary expertise to develop their projects, thus eliminating one of the inequalities between men and women in society.
The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCRE), with the support of the “Regional Energy and Climate Project” of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in the Middle East and North Africa, is organizing a number of training programs in Tunisia and Lebanon on the topics of “Advance Renewable Energy” and “Green Finance” , under the auspices of the National Agency for Energy Control in Tunisia, and the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation in Lebanon.
Arab women still suffer from inequality regarding the availability of more opportunities in the fields of renewable energy.
The results of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) survey on the role of women for the year 2019 confirmed that the percentage of female professionals who occupy positions related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the field of sustainable energy is 9% of the total workforce in the field of sustainable energy.
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