Morocco: EU project holds training to support Moroccan municipalities prepare Sustainable Energy Action Plans

10-05-2017
CES-MED training in Rabat
CES-MED training in Rabat
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The EU-funded CES-MED project organised a three-days training of trainers workshop in the Moroccan capital Rabat which brought together many Moroccan municipalities as well as representatives of the different actors, universities and consulting firms as well as the evaluation mission of the Morocco-EU cooperation in the field of energy, in order to better prepare the elaboration of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) approach in Morocco.

The workshop was organised in two sessions: the first day of the workshop was intended to address the presidents of Moroccan municipalities and explain the project activities and the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) approach, as well as to promote adhesion to the Covenant of Mayors (CoM).

The second day targeted municipal technicians and engineering executives to increase their abilities to prepare and/or delegate the preparation of SEAPs.

The main outcome of the training was to raise awareness and explain to 15 presidents of municipalities the principles and objectives of the CoM and the SEAP and to train the technical staff of these municipalities in the Baseline Emission Inventories techniques (BEI) and modalities for the formulation of priority actions in the SEAP.

The training also allowed the presentation of other energy planning tools and examples as implemented in Morocco, including national energy strategies.

Since its launch in 2013, the CES-MED project has been involved in Morocco in coordination with the MEMEE to support three pilot Moroccan municipalities in their adherence to the Covenant of Mayors, the preparation of their SEAPs and the enhancement of the priority actions in their plans.

The "Cleaner and Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities" (CES-MED) project is an EU-funded regional initiative set up to provide training and technical assistance support to local and national authorities in the southern Mediterranean region, with a view to helping them respond more actively to sustainable policy challenges.

CES-MED ensures that the actions proposed match with the objectives of the Covenant of Mayors: to reach and even go beyond the European objective to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% thanks to the improvement of energy efficiency and the increased use of sustainable energy.

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