International Fair of Energy Transition to open in Tunis

At Utica headquarters to gather all renewable energy partners

06 October, 12:50

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, 06 OTT - The first International fair of energy transition will take place in Tunis on October 19-21.

    Organized by the union of the photovoltaics industry (Csvp), in collaboration with the Tunisian industry, trade and crafts confederation (Utica), the fair is an exhibition-conference on the theme: "Sustainable development in Tunisia". It will gather all actors of the renewable energy sector, both private and public partners, as well as high officials and representatives of public and private institutions in Tunisia and abroad.

    The private sector, according to a statement released by organizers, provides for an investment of some 20 billion Tunisian dinars (nearly 3 billion dollars) to reach 80% of the objectives of the Tunisian solar plan (Pst) to distribute 4,500 megawatts (Mw) of renewable energy over the next seven years.

    The event will focus on the role of the private sector in the implementation of a national strategy for sustainable development in Tunisia and in reaching Pst objectives, the statement said. "The event will highlight the role of renewable energy (EnR) in Tunisia, all sectors included, and their role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy and the collective responsibility of all interested sides and public as well as private economic operators; and in reaching sustainable development in Tunisia".

    To reach this, organizers said, the time has come to "remove legislative, administrative and financial barriers, both at the level of the government and of the main actors of the energy sector in Tunisia (STEG, ANME and other donors, among others)", said the president of Cspv, Ali Kanzari during a meeting held at the headquarters of Utica.

    Tunisia could take advantage of the opportunity offered by the current energy crisis caused by the Russia-Ukraine war to recuperate the delay in the distribution of renewable energy, accelerate the transition and possibly become an exporter of green energy to Europe, participants said. "Northern Mediterranean countries, the main consumers of energy, could obtain green electricity from southern Mediterranean countries, including Tunisia and Morocco. Great Britain has already appealed to Morocco to receive green energy through the Atlantic, and prepare for cold weather over the next winters", stressed Kanzari. Tunisia, which has a strategic position, could do the same under better conditions given its proximity to Europe. "An interconnection through Sicily is enough" with the Italian island "just 200 km away from El Haouaria, or north of Rome (some 800 km from the Tunisian coast), where the central networks are located for the transmission of energy towards western Europe, to transport green energy produced in Tunisia to Europe", the official noted. (ANSAmed)
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