Within the ambit of the learning process on municipal energy efficiency projects in MENA, the virtual dialogue event was held on the 18th - 20th May 2021. The dialogue event aimed at promoting the exchange of expertise on good practices for planning and implementing energy efficiency projects. As part of the build up towards the dialogue event, several activities were conducted. This included a virtual session conducted on the 23rd March 2021 focusing on developing project proposals for funding of energy efficiency projects as well as a session on energy audits and showcasing of regional good practices (from Hebron and Bizerte) held on the 12th April 2021. Furthermore and as part of the outreach to regional actors, a number of municipalities of Connective Cities network have participated in the workshop of BUILD_ME phase II of the IKI project “Accelerating 0-emission building sector ambitions in the MENA region” held on the 11th of March 2021 to showcase the BEP tool for energy simulation in the building development phase.
The dialogue event consisted of three virtual sessions in which more than 28 local urban practitioners have participated, representing 23 municipalities and 6 countries from the MENA region and Germany. Moreover, projects were presented by 6 municipalities from Southeast Europe and Southampton UK during the session dedicated to showcasing and analysing good practice examples (19th May). Below is an overview of the program and content:
Keynote Speech 1
Dr. Naguib Amin, director Clima-MED in South Mediterranean
Keynote Speech 2
Sustainable Buildings and Cities
Dr. Stephan Anders, director of DGNB certification- Germany
Sustainable Architecture in the MENA region- Best practices
Prof. Dr. Shady Attia, Prof. in Sustainable Architecture & Building Technology
& Head of Sustainable Building Design Lab (SBD) University of Liège
Presentation Day 1: Municipal Energy Efficiency Projects in MENA: Opening and Networking presentation and recording
Group 1 (energy efficiency in private buildings): presentations by Keda- Georgia and Southampton-UK presentations and recording
Group 2 (energy efficiency in public buildings- part 1): presentations by Batumi- Georgia, Amman- Jordan, project from South Africa, Karak- Jordan, Wasatiyeh, Jordan presentations and recording
Group 3 (energy efficiency in public buildings- part 2): presentations by Krefeld- Germany, Amman- Jordan, Glezan- Algeria, Novohrad-Volynskyi, Ukraine presentations and recording
Group 4 (Switch to renewable energies): presentations by Kragujevac-Serbia, Nabeul-Tunisia, Qaraoun-Lebanon, Nettetal- Germany presentations and recording
Group 5 (Energy efficiency and RE in districts): Tepebaşı -Turkey, Lviv-Ukraine, Zhytomyr-Ukraine, Korschenbroich- Germany presentations and recording
Energy management, energy regulations and smart buildings (Internet of Things): Bizerte- Tunisia, Hebron-Palestine, Irbid-Jordan, Dr. Simon Jenniches (Healthy Building Network), Riadh Bhar (Build-ME project), Samer Zawaydeh (energy expert in MENA) Link to brainstorming board and project idea
Energy Efficient green buildings: Sfax- Tunisia, Nabeul- Tunisia, Zaki Mahfoud, Dr. Shadi Attieh Link to brainstorming board and project idea
Energy Efficiency in street lighting: Sahab-Jordan, Madaba-Jordan, Juneid-Jordan, Qaroun- Lebanon, Deir Alla-Jordan Link to brainstorming board and project idea
Energy efficiency in waste management: Karak-Jordan, Jerash-Jordan, Glezan-Algeria, Link to brainstorming board and project idea
The dialogue event aimed at enriching the analysis and planning capacity of the participating municipal representatives to address existing challenges of implementing energy efficiency projects. The discussions also led to identifying the gaps in resources and the support needed to implement future projects. Feedback received from the participating municipal representatives revealed that the majority of 80% is willing to implement knowledge that they gained from the exchange with their peers and experts in their own municipalities. Moreover, all participants have confirmed that they are willing to be active members in Connective Cities network particularly on energy efficiency topics. Connective Cities will continue providing its support to its network members by organizing a project development workshop, provide financial advisory and arrange for expert missions.
2021 - Detailed documentation of Connective Cities' virtual dialogue event, 18- 21 May 2021
by Shalan Muna | Connective Cities
To get an even deeper look into the virtual dialogue event on municipal energy efficiency projects in MENA.