Energy: UN, renewables still little exploited in Tunisia

Report, only 20% of Tunisians use them despite potential

25 June, 11:54

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 25 - Only 20% of Tunisians exploit renewable energies despite the potential the African country offers, especially with regard to solar energy.

    This is the outcome of a study carried out by the UN together with the State Development Secretariat and International Cooperation (Sedci) within the framework of the initiative 'The world we want' and in particular of the section dedicated to Tunisia 'The Tunisia we want' presented by the government.

    The report, drafted after a thorough national consultation, was conducted under the aegis of the Tunisian ministry for development in cooperation with the UN and various civil society partners. The aim of the study is to create an environmental agenda for Tunisia.

    However, the outcome of the study proved that Tunisians are not particularly drawn to environmental issues.

    Only 19% of the people interviewed considered the need to protect woods, rivers and sea as an important issue and only 16% of Tunisians aim to employ clean renewable energies at home. As far as adaptability to climate change goes, only 14% of Tunisians answered the relevant questions and suggested solutions.

    The report "The Tunisia we want" demonstrated instead that the main concerns of Tunisians are education and the school system (85%), followed by reduction of poverty and regional disparities (84%) and the ease of access to medical care and hospitals (79% e 77%).

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