Mediterranean Solar Plan

This high level conference will be hosted in Valencia, 11th-12th May, on the Mediterranean Solar Plan as part of Spain’s Presidency of the European Union, presided over by the Spanish Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade. This event will gather together ministers and representatives of the 43 countries that make up the Mediterrenean Union. The Mediterranean Solar Plan, developed under the umbrella of the “Barcelona Process: Uniting the Mediterranean (UfM)”, and launched in July 2008, is part of a long term strategy for sustainable development to face the increasing energy demands in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and the need to cut back greenhouse gas emissions. Its main objective is to develop 20GW of renewable electricity output on the South Shore of the Mediterranean, as well as the necessary infrastructures for connecting the electricity with Europe. The Plan also plans to implement Saving and Energy Efficiency, as well as Technology Transfer.

A key element for the development of this Plan is the establishment of a suitable, new regulatory framework to promote the establishment of renewable energies, and facilitating the exchange of electricity. The Mediterranean Solar Plan will be a huge step forward in the development of the Euro-Mediterranean co-operation policy in the field of energy, that began with with the Barcelona process in 1995, integrated in the European Neighbourhood Policy since 2007 and reinforced with the creation of the Mediterranean Union since 2008. A programme will be presented at the Conference to cover energy cooperation in the Mediterranean region, an infrastructure policy within the framework of the Mediterranean Solar Plan, energy technologies, the regulatory framework and associated investment. The Valencia Conference will be an opportunity for all interested parties – public authorities in the energy sector, the sector’s institutions and agencies, representatives of the energy and infrastructure firms, financial bodies, etc. – to see how the Mediterrenean plan will be implemented.

Mediterrenean Solar Plan

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