Tunisia leads Arab countries in sustainable energy
Price subsidies remain a key challenge for all Arab countries
According to the newly launched Arab Future Energy Index (AFEX), Tunisia has earned the top position in energy efficiency capabilities and progress among Arab countries. Tareq Emtairah, executive director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) presented index key findings and insights at Beirut Energy Forum.
Energy price subsidies remain a key challenge for energy efficiency in almost all Arab countries. All Arab countries have massive untapped potential for energy efficiency in the utility sector. Among 13 Arab countries, Tunisia stands out with the most comprehensive policy framework for energy efficiency. Egypt currently has the largest installed capacity of renewables.
Currently there are more than 15 large-scale projects under construction with total capacity exceeding 1,550MW, which is more than double the current installed capacity in the region. Jordan has made substantial progress in the past year by improving its regulatory framework. Algeria needs to put greater effort into deploying renewable energy projects and attracting private partners Bahrain has the most liberalised electricity market in the region, the report said.
"This is only the start of a long and challenging path to provide the Arab region with accurate, reliable, and comparable information regarding their renewable energy and energy efficiency capabilities. We hope that this initiative will help our member states in their efforts toward sustainable energy transitions through quality tracking of the progress made and challenges yet to be tackled," said Sheikh Nawaf Bin Ibrahim Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, chairman of the board, RCREEE.
"In order to enable sustainable energy transitions in our region, first we have to know exactly where we are now compared to neighbouring countries and the world. AFEX attempts to answer this question in an informed manner. We've worked hard the past two years to collect, track, analyse, and disseminate valuable pieces of information. Our aim is to inform our member states, the Arab region, and the world what is important to know about sustainable energy markets in this part of the world," Emtairah said.