UK willing to cooperate with Tunisia in clean energy (Rogen)

The United Kingdom (UK) is willing to co-operate with Tunisia in the field of clean energy, UK COP26 Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Janet Rogen said after a meeting with Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Neila Nouira Gongi Monday in Tunis.


Rogen, who is making a working visit to Tunisia from September 29 to October 4, 2022, discussed with Gonji issues relating to investment in alternative energy and power generation from renewable energy (RE), and the level of Tunisian skills in this sector.


Emphasis was placed, on the occasion, on bilateral relations and ways to further develop them, especially in the field of energy and Tunisia’s preparations to participate in the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 27) to be held November from 6 to 18, 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt).


For her part, the Minister of Industry commended “the good” Tunisia-UK relations and bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of green economy and renewable energy.


She emphasised the importance of investing in alternative energies, to move towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and protect the climate, noting the Tunisian government’s interest in engaging in structural reforms in the RE sector.


Tunisia is preparing to present its strategy of carbon neutrality and resilience to climate change by 2050, at COP 27 scheduled in Egypt while setting the goal of increasing the share of renewable energy in its energy mix to 30% by 2030 and improve the performance of the RE sector.


Investment needs for adaptation in Africa are estimated between 26 and 41 billion dollars per year between 2020 and 2030, Project manager of renewable energy investment at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Fatma Ben Abda had indicated on September 28, 2022.


She added that the average global mitigation investment needed to reach the Paris Agreement target of 1.5°C is estimated at between $1.6 billion and $3.8 billion per year, until 2050 for energy systems alone.


Source: Tap News Agency