workshop on Energy efficiency

Published November 3rd, 2009 - 03:14 GMT

Energy efficiency is the best opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance economic development and improve energy security all at the same time.  In Jordan, it is estimated that more than 20% of national energy use can be reduced through improved energy efficiency, and other countries in the region have similar opportunities.

Energy efficiency is a key element of Jordan’s Energy Sector Master Plan.  In recognition of the importance of international cooperation, Jordan is also working with other countries in the region, through initiatives such as the Euro-Mediterranean Energy Partnership, UNEP’s Plan Bleu, and the Global Environment Facility. 

This workshop will draw on international experience and existing commitments to identify key practical steps to improve energy efficiency in Jordan and the region.  Through a cooperative dialogue between governments, industry and international experts, this workshop will elaborate clear steps towards strengthening national and regional initiatives through pragmatic action.

The goal of this workshop is to identify opportunities in and challenges to energy efficiency policies and measures and their practical implementation, with special focus on industry and investment both in Jordan and in the region.  The workshop also aims to foster greater synergies between the different regional energy efficiency initiatives.  By attending the workshop, participants will obtain a comprehensive overview of energy efficiency prospects both in Jordan and in the region.

Jordan is a signatory to the European Energy Charter and currently in the process of accession to the Energy Charter Treaty.  This demonstrates Jordan’s continuing commitment to open and transparent trade and investment in energy, and its desire to work actively with the international community in addressing today’s energy challenges.  Energy efficiency is an important part of this commitment. 

This workshop comes as part of the Energy Charter Secretariat’s activities to promote the principles of the Energy Charter Treaty and Process within the region.

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