In the framework of ENI CBC Med Program, the German Jordanian University (GJU) in Jordan hosted the kick-off meeting of ESMES Project (Energy Smart Mediterranean Schools Network) on 27 November 2019.
The event, organized by the German Jordanian University, one of the project partner, is the first official meeting of ESMES. The project will be implemented in five Mediterranean countries: Italy, Jordan, Spain, Tunisia, Lebanon.
The project faces the issues of growing energy demand, fossil fuel dependence and increasing CO2 emissions in the Mediterranean area. ESMES addresses the common challenge of fostering renewable energies and reducing energy use, with the common perspective of: adapting to Med climate conditions, finding innovative, effective ways of optimizing renovation investments and reducing the effects on electricity network. Buildings have high energy consumption, causing 36% of CO2 and high economic costs. Intervention in public schools is critical, being a relevant part of buildings stock with a low/often unknown energy performance.
ESMES will focus on the optimization of energy consumption in public schools through innovative, monitoring-based renewable energy and energy efficiency (REEE) pilot actions and will improve the capacity of 5 public institutions in order to implement innovative energy rehabilitations.