SEACAP 4 SDG unveils innovative solutions and tools to reduce energy consumption in public buildings


The SEACAP 4 SDG project's final conference convened on September 6th, 2023, at the AASTMT Arab Academy For Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport, with participants representing local and international institutions.

Ms. Agnès Rampal, Vice President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, delivered an introductory speech on capacity building. Following this, Mrs. Laura Pinna, an Expert on Environment and climate change from the ENI CBC Med Programme Joint Technical Secretariat, shared her thoughts on the achieved outcomes and introduced upcoming funding opportunities in the Mediterranean, including the NEXT MED Programme, slated for release this autumn, with a focus on capitalization projects.

Mr. Ayman Ramadan Ayad, representing the European Union delegation in Egypt, provided an overview of the European Union's involvement in cooperation projects concerning environment, climate change, and energy. Next, Mr. Frédéric De Dinechin, Senior Policy Advisor from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Water Environment and Blue Economy Division, initiated a discussion on the Sustainable Med Governance initiative. This initiative promotes regional cooperation among 23 Mediterranean countries to safeguard the Mediterranean Sea and its natural resources while supporting partnerships guided by 'green/blue' circular economy principles, akin to those pursued by the SEACAP 4 SDG project.

Throughout the event, we highlighted the project's results, with a particular focus on the lessons learned from the support mechanism for municipalities, moderated by Mr. Jordi Pascual (IREC) and Prof. Stephanedes (UPatras) with the participation of all project partners. Mr. Mostafa Abdelgeliel, Representative of the external entity Egyptian for Engineering and Commerc (EGEC), also spotlighted the pilot case conducted in partnership with the Technical School of the Alexandria Water Company.

The event featured a round table discussion titled "Towards green and sustainable Egyptian cities" fostering knowledge exchange and lively debates. Distinguished speakers included Dr. Mohamed Moustafa El Khayat, President of the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), Dr. Maged Karem Mahmoud, Technical Director of the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), and Mr. Michael Gendy from the Mediterranean Youth Council Environment and Climate Group.

In conclusion, the conference closed with remarks from Mr. Ahmed Gaber, President of the Alexandria Water Company.

We extend our gratitude to all who attended, both in person and online, for sharing invaluable insights and feedback. Your participation and support were deeply appreciated, and we hope this event serves as a valuable starting point for future initiatives.

Technical Sponsor: Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation.