Objective and project structure


The project’s main objective is to increase the energy performance of the building sector of the MENA region. We focus on the uptake of highly energy efficient and/or renewable-energy based heating and cooling systems in multi-family residential buildings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Project structure

The project is divided in two main phases. In Phase 1, three target countries out of six are selected for the implementation of project-specific measures. A macroeconomic base analysis served as a foundation for the selection of the target countries. The macroeconomic analysis examined the most relevant parameters pertaining the economic and legal framework in these countries, as well as other aspects influencing the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the building sector. The target countries are those in which the framework conditions promise the greatest possible success for the implementation of the project objectives. The selected countries in Phase I are Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Phase II of the project focuses on the implementation of project activities in the target countries by: providing support for the implementation of pilot projects, and facilitating a policy dialogue for improving energy efficiency policies and accelerating the uptake of energy efficiency measures in the building sector. Project activities will be disseminated through national and a regional workshop, as well as a project website (WP 4).

For the support of pilot projects, the project team offers technical assistance with the integration of energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energies to recently started building projects. This involves the identification of demand for support in three target countries, followed by the provision of consulting services to support the implementation of pilot projects. Consulting services include: planning methods, possible financing opportunities, economic calculations, guidelines for quality management, and support for conception/implementation of programmes.

The objective of the policy dialogue is to improve the political framework for energy efficiency. The project team supports the policy dialogue in the target countries by identifying the drivers and barriers for investing in energy efficient technologies; understanding the motivations and assumptions of different stakeholder groups; developing suggestions on how the regulatory framework and financial incentives can be improved; integrating the perspectives of different stakeholder groups; facilitating the interaction between stakeholder groups in roundtables and workshops; and providing ad-hoc policy advice. Specific outputs of WP 3 include stakeholder-specific policy modules and factsheets.

The graph below illustrates how the implementation of this project leads to the intended effect and how the different components of the project interact:

objective and project structure graph


This project is part of the International Climate Initiative. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision taken by the German parliament (Bundestag).

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