Municipal Energy Efficiency Projects Workshop in MENA

Insights into the Projects Workshop in MENA on the 14 and 15 September 2021.


The international community of practice for sustainable urban development, Connective Cities in the MENA region, organized a virtual projects workshop under the topic “Municipal Energy Efficiency Projects in the MENA Region" on the 14 and 15 September 2021. The workshop was preceded by a day on financial advisory services for municipal energy efficiency projects in the MENA region.

The workshop has been a follow-up to the dialogue event held virtually in May 2021. This project workshop aimed at facilitating exchange of know-how and experience through peer learning among urban practitioners in MENA and Germany, supporting the project owners to define a roadmap and appropriate measures to progress with the development of the project ideas into bankable project proposals (technical advisory), as well as supporting consensus building among different stakeholders engaged in the planning and implementation of the project ideas, and determining future support needed to implement project ideas, which includes support from the Connective Cities network and German municipalities.

Nine Municipalities from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Tunisia presented their project ideas and had a chance to further develop them in the fields of: improving energy efficiency in municipal buildings, energy efficiency via reduction of fuel consumption in waste management and energy efficient street lighting.


The planning workshop event consisted of two virtual sessions in which more than 37 urban practioners have participated, representing   18  municipalities and 5 countries from the MENA region, Germany and UK. Moreover, the workshop aimed at providing the platform to showcase and discuss nine projects developed by the nine municipalities participating in the learning process on municipal energy efficiency projects in the MENA region.

 Below is an overview of the program and content:

Opening session and Overview of Projects (14th September): This session aimed at presenting and discussing the projects of the 9 municipalities, namely:

  • Implementing cost-benefit models in planning energy efficient municipal buildings in Sfax-Tunisia
  • Improving energy performance in municipal buildings via efficient lighting and thermal insulation (Hebron- Palestine, Nabeul- Tunisia and Irbid-Jordan)
  • Energy efficiency via the reduction of fuel consumption in municipal waste management (Jerash and Karak- Jordan)
  • Promoting urban safety through energy-efficient street lighting (Qaraoun-Lebanon, Madaba and Juneid- Jordan)


The keynote speech was delivered by Dr. Ahmed Badr- Director of the Project Facilitation & Support  division at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and was followed by an interactive session with the participants in which Dr. Badr provided advisory and insights particularly concerning the Climate Investment Platform at IRENA. This was followed by an interactive session in which the municipal representatives presented their projects, while highlighting key technical and financial indicators (e.g. reduction in GHG emissions and cost savings savings).

Moreover, a presentation of the good practice on “Solar Energy project via Public Private Partnership in Karak municipality- Jordan” was showcased by Rami Suhemat, the head of the electrical engineering department at the municipality.  Finally, Dr. Ramzi Hage (capacity development expert and proposal writing specialist) delivered a presentation about “What Donors Want: effective project design”, highlighting the importance of creativity and tailoring in the local context, the importance of details and activities, along with sustainability approaches and arranging partnerships for the project.

At the end, a technical advisory session between the representative of Nabeul municipality and Dr. Simon Jenniches (Krefeld municipality) was conducted.
presentation and recording


Technical Peer Advisory (15th September): In this session, municipal representatives from MENA have worked in 3 groups for peer advisory along with experts from Germany, Lebanon, and Jordan, as follows:

Group 1: Improving energy performance in municipal buildings via efficient lighting and thermal insulation (Irbid-Jordan, Hebron-Palestine, Nabeul-Tunisia, Dr. Hans-Peter Ebert- Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research in Würzburg and Zaki Mahfoud- The Environment Centre, Southampton).
Recording of Group 1

Group 2: Promoting urban safety through energy-efficient street lighting (Madaba and Juneid -Jordan, Qaraoun -Lebanon, the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation).
Recording of Group 2

Group 3: Energy efficiency via the reduction of fuel consumption in municipal waste management (Karak and Jerash -Jordan, Mr. Abdel Ghani Arab- The Royal Scientific Society in Jordan, AMPERECO-Jordan).
Recording of Group 3

Afterwards, Ms. Bahar Mahzari - Project Manager of “Experts for municipal partnerships worldwide” (FKPW) from the GIZ and her colleague Ms. Hannah Schabert shared some insights about their project that is in cooperation with SKEW and Engagement Global, in the area of “Raising Town Twinnings to the next level: Introducing the Expert Fund for Municipal Partnerships worldwide”.  The final hour of the event focused on the topic ‘Introduction to proposal writing’ and included a presentation and lively discussion between Dr. Ramzi Hage and the participants. presentation and recording



There will be a follow-up with the 3 financing institutions (CVDB, GCF-PPF and CIP by IRENA), in addition to the private sector companies including AMPERECO and Kawar Energy in Jordan that expressed interest in supporting the projects of Jerash and Madaba municipalities. In addition, all participating municipalities have expressed interest in an expert mission that will be orgainised by Connective Cities to concretise their proposed projects.


A detailed report will be provided at a later stage.


Categories: Integrated urban development Energy efficiency and renewable energy Cities and climate change Urban renewal Municipal services Solid waste management and recycling
Regions: Tunesien Middle East Jordan Lebanon Palestinian Territories

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