Tunisia committed to energy transition but concrete policies slow in coming (expert) | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia committed to energy transition but concrete policies slow in coming (expert)

Natural resources management, the protection of biodiversity and the increase of pollution are the main environment challenges, Professor of Economics at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis Adel Ben Youssef emphasised at a debate held Wednesday in Tunis by Alternative Youth Network-Tunisia (French : RAJ).

National priorities and the national strategy for energy transition which was devised following Tunisia’s ratification of the Paris Agreement were at the centre of the meeting.

Tunisia pledged at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, to reduce by 25% the level of CO2 emissions and reach 30% of renewables share but has not so far developed concrete policies to this end, he indicated.

Investments to the tune of 100 billion dollars will be earmarked for developing countries, including Tunisia, to help them attain these goals. National debates need to be held to agree on a development model, Ben Youssef also highlighted.

The debate is held to help civil society and youths get ready for COP23, said RAJ-Tunisia Environment and Climate Department Coordinator Emna Fourati.

The national strategy for energy transition eyes a 30% share of renewable energies in the energy mix by 2030. This strategy will be tabled at COP23 next November in Bonn, Germany, said representative of the Environment Ministry Mohamed Zmerli.

Tapping renewable energy is a national priority, he underlined. There is also need to address the lack of water resources, erosion and desertification that affect agriculture and tourism.

Source: TAP News Agency

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