Climate justice, social consequences of Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, as well as a sustainable and social urban future in the MENA region are the core of the “Regional Climate and Energy” Project.
FES in the MENA region has established a regional ‘Climate and Energy’ program in 2014 based in Jordan. This program supports different civil society actors, youth activists, policy-makers, research institutions and trade unions, to search for suitable policies for a more sustainable and environmentally just future in the MENA region. The lopsided dependence on non-renewable energy sources (fossil sources), continues to mark the energy-policy context in the MENA region.
High population growth and intensive energy consumption in the region will cause energy needs to surge by 6 to 7 percent per year in the future with an estimated doubling of energy demands by 2020, if the consumption patterns remain the same. Hence, the regional project of FES tries to strengthen a societal discussion about energy efficiency and tries to encourage a transition towards an energy supply based on renewable energy sources.
The MENA region is one of the most vulnerable regions to global climate change. Countries of the region are already subject to external climate-related shocks with varying degrees. Over the short and long term, the MENA region will face enormous societal and political challenges because of the consequences of climate change. The rise in temperatures in the region, a growing shortage of water, desertification and harvest losses, as well as the rising costs of imports of foodstuffs, are some of the most obvious consequences. The regional project of FES supports actors of the civil society working in the field of climate change, in order to raise awareness about the societal consequences of climate change in the MENA region, in order to develop viable and more sustainable alternatives. Together with our local and regional partners, we advocate for a more sustainable, greener and an environmentally just future for the MENA region.