Workshop caps off ECATS project

15-10-2010, Enna, Sicily and , Tunisia

The dramatic hill town of Enna, Sicily was the setting for the concluding Workshop event for the ECATS (energy efficiency cap and trade) project. The REEEP-funded initiative, led by Professor Giovanni Tesoriere and his team at the Università Kore di Enna, developed a proposed institutional framework for a cap and trade system, particularly focussing on the energy situation in Tunisia.

The Atelier on October 15th brought together participants From REEEP, Dario Ticali, Consultant to the Italian Minister of the Environment, and key stakeholders including Professor Slah Ben Mabrouk from the Tunisian Centre de Recherches et des Technologies de L’Energie, Hamadi Tregui from the Centre Technique des Industrie Mecaniques et Electriques, Salvatore Cocina, Energy Manager of the Region of Sicily, and a World Bank energy specialist for Tunisia, Dr. Ferhat Esen.

The stakeholders reviewed the current energy status of Tunisia, considered the pros and cons of the European energy efficiency cap-and-trade system, and were presented with a proposed action plan for taking the ECATS system forward.
This event caps off a project that began by undertaking a detailed review of energy efficiency cap and trade legal frameworks and systems in Europe, and summarised lessons learned from the experience. It also conducted a short review of the institutional frameworks for energy efficiency in Algeria and Tunisia, and then designed an implementation framework, taking into account potential impact on national budgets, energy utilities and end consumers. This all culminated in the Action Plan document.

“Enna is a young and vital University, and for this project, the Engineering Faculty was also able to draw on the expertise of the Economics Faculty for help with the business modelling of the proposed system,” said Professor Tesoriere, “and we are gratified by the results of this multi-disciplinary approach.”

Selected outputs from the project are already available on the REEEP toolkits website.

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