MoU signature between Italy & Algeria ((c)ENEA)
Overcoming 15 competing responses to a European call for proposals issued in 2017, a consortium comprising Italy’s ENEA, the Greek agency CRES and the Austrian and Belgian consultancy firms Allplan and IBF signed a technical assistance agreement on 10th January, 2019, to boost energy efficiency and develop renewable energy sources in Algeria.
Under the three-year agreement, which has a budget of €8.2M, ENEA will be transferring its skills and know-how – through technical training and specialist software- in order to promote the development of small-scale, decentralized electricity production in Algeria.
“Energy efficiency is another priority area, whether for new buildings and their thermal insulation properties or for the renovation of existing buildings,” points out Dario Chello, head of the European Union and International Organizations department at ENEA.
In particular, the consortium aims to put in place a labelling system for electrical appliances and an energy certification for buildings and materials with high energy-consumption characteristics. In addition to recommendations and proposals, technical specifications will be provided for any materials that need to be purchased.
The immediate beneficiaries of this technical assistance programme will be government agencies, including the Algerian energy conservation agency APRUE, research and development centres and public and private electricity and gas producers, transporters and distributors.