The objectives of the MEDRES research are to assess the opportunities for cost-effective renewable energies (RE) for rural areas and villages, the real effectiveness of new technologies through better knowledge of end user acceptability for energy efficient technologies and practices and to measure the impact of electrification on socio-economic development in rural areas.
The main results will be elaborated in a set of recommendations and proposed adapted strategies to be disseminated in the region. The countries will be studied in order to promote cost-effective RE for rural areas in the region and best practices in order to enhance sustainable development, which is in line with the MDGs, the outcome of the International Conference on Renewable Energies in Bonn 2004 and the EU strategy within its neighbouring countries.
The proposal is structured along five main work programmes and related deliverables:
Analysis of the present RE context in the Southern Mediterranean countries and prospects;
Research on sustainable power for rural areas and villages;
Analysis of energy efficient use in peri-urban and rural areas, technologies and practices effectiveness;
Measuring the impact of electrification on socio-economic development in rural areas and Management,
Exploitation and dissemination.
The research will support the decision makers in these countries to better define the best practices of sustainable energy in the rural and peri-urban areas and especially regarding RE and energy efficient technologies. It w ill also serve to support the EC with respect to the formulation of future INCO programmes focussing on the thematic issue of Sustainable Energy as well as to elaborate draft concepts for Renewable Energy projects which may be supported by the EC and the Mediterranean Countries. Thereby, this project will also help achieving the objectives of the Type II energy Initiative launched at the WSSD in Johannesburg: the Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme.
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