RES4MED signs MoU with MEDENER and RCREEE to enhance cooperation on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Southern-Mediterranean

Rome, 25 July 2017 – During a signature ceremony at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome, RES4MED signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MEDENER and with RCREEE to further enhance cooperation on renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency in the Southern-Mediterranean region. MEDENER Chair, Dario Chello, RCREEE Executive Director, Ahmed Badr, and RES4MED Secretary General, Roberto Vigotti, gathered at the Ministry to formalize the two MoU agreements. The event also included a MoU signature between MEDENER and RCREEE in light of their leading role in the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Platform on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

The MoU’s reflect a longstanding cooperation between RES4MED, MEDENER and RCREEE respectively based on clear synergies concerning regional renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion in the Southern-Mediterranean countries. The MoU’s provide a framework for continued collaboration on knowledge exchange, capacity building and joint trainings, network and outreach cooperation in the region. Besides these institutional activities, the three organizations also collaborate on multilateral initiatives, such as the UfM Platform for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency that is animated by MEDENER and RCREEE, with the support of RES4MED.

The MoU’s will put into place a long-term framework for continued joint cooperation. RES4MED and MEDENER have signed a first MoU, whereas RCREEE and RES4MED renewed their previous MoU. “We are glad to deepen our multilateral cooperation with two of our most longstanding partners, MEDENER and RCREEE, in light of the vast potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency in the region. Both organizations play a key role in the Mediterranean’s sustainable energy transition and we consider MEDENER and RCREEE as strategic partners in our activities in the Mediterranean. We look forward to taking our strong collaboration onwards.” – RES4MED Secretary General, Roberto Vigotti.

The three organizations welcomed the MoU signature: “Building on the history of friendship, partnership and success between RCREEE, RES4MED and MEDENER I’m delighted to be here today to document this shared history while hoping for future successes with our partners. I also would like to emphasize RCREEE’s willingness to have such partnerships with our counterpart organizations. We believe that energy is the main driver for our region’s economy, and its clean energy transition will have a great impact. Partnerships between the north and the south, resource integration and knowledge & technology transfer will be key for a better future for all our countries.” – RCREEE Executive Director, Ahmed Badr.

“I am very satisfied to have signed both MoUs with RCREEE and RES4MED. This represents a relevant step forward in the activities of the Union for Mediterranean Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Platform (UfM REEE Platform). Our organizations will work together to promote the progressive deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in the Euro-Mediterranean region and this will foster socio-economic development, contribute to ensure that all citizens and businesses of the region have access to secure, affordable and reliable modern energy services, and support mitigation and adaptation to climate changes.” – MEDENER President, Dario Chello.

For further information please contact:

Paola Polito
MEDENER Presidency Staff
Paola.polito@enea.it

Ana Rovzar
International Relations Advisor
Ana.rovzar@res4med.org

Ashraf Kraidy
Planning Director
Ashraf.kraidy@rcreee.org

Mediterranean Association of the National Agencies for Energy Conservation (MEDENER) is an international association and not-for-profit organization, it includes the southern and northern Agencies, promotes the exchange of experiences, good practices and capacity building of public and private players in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energies sources

The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an independent intergovernmental and not-for-profit organization that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in the Arab region. RCREEE teams with governments and global organizations in the region to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of sustainable energy.

Renewable Energy Solutions for the Mediterranean & Africa (RES4MED&Africa) is an association that promotes the deployment of large scale and decentralized RE & EE in Southern-Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan African markets to meet local energy needs for growth. Since 2012, RES4MED&Africa gathers a member network from across the clean energy value chain and supports the creation of an enabling environment for renewable energy investments and strategic partnerships.