RCREEE and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA sign a new MOU

RCREEE is very pleased to join forces with the Amman based Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) building the capacities public sector female professionals.  The two parties signed an MOU, late July 2020, in an attempt to increase the share of women working and advancing in sustainable energy field in the MENA region. RCREEE with the support of FES Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA organized tailored training programs dedicated to public sector female employees on ‘Advanced Renewable Energy’ and ‘Green Financing’ topics in Egypt.

Over the past decade, the Arab region witnessed a significant progress in the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions; yet clean energy sector still misses the full benefits of a diverse workforce. IRENA Gender Survey 2019 finding also shows that women holding STEM-related positions in the Sustainable Energy Field represent only 9% of the total Sustainable Energy workforce. 

Accordingly, the training programs aimed to equip female professionals with the knowledge and skills required to understand RE projects development and implementation in terms of feasibility studies, regulatory frameworks and procurement. Also, they  provided the needed knowledge to understand green finance fundamentals and its relation to the sustainable development goals and how to access climate and sustainable energy finance.

“We are very pleased to cooperate one more time with FES Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA empowering females working in the sustainable energy in the MENA region and supporting sustainable development.” confirmed RCREEE Women in Energy (Winnergy) Initiative Manager, Ms. Noha Gamal.

Franziska Wehinger the Regional Climate and Energy Project director added that “The MENA region’s female share in engineering graduates is one of the highest in the world – still this does not reflect the participation of women in the sector for renewable energy. As FES we want the energy transformation to be not only to be an ecological transformation, but also a social transformation for more gender justice and female empowerment.”

Scheduled to start by end of August 2020, the training programs targeted mid-career and senior female professionals to support their career advancement. RCREEE and FES were honored to contribute to the advancemend of more than 40 female professionals who benefited from attending the courses.

About the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE):
The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an intergovernmental organization with diplomatic status that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices across Pan-Arab countries and is the Official technical arm institution of both League of Arab State – Energy Department and Arab Ministerial Council for Electricity (AMCE).
RCREEE teams-up with governments, international organizations, IFIs and Private Sector via several forms of partnerships to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies, managing the facilitation of RE investment platforms and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of tomorrow’s modern energy solutions.
Having today 17 Arab countries among its members, RCREEE strives to lead renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives and expertise in all Arab states based on its strategic plan approved by its Board of Trustees.

About the Regional Climate and Energy Project at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES):

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition dating back to its foundation in 1925. Today, it remains loyal to the legacy of its namesake and campaigns for the core ideas and values of social democracy: freedom, justice and solidarity. It has a close connection to social democracy and free trade unions.

 The Regional Climate and Energy Project MENA at FES is based in Amman - Jordan, and works to promote the concept of international and domestic climate justice and advocates for an energy transition into renewable energy in the MENA region. The project train partners, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in climate diplomacy, renewable energy and urban sustainability and brings them together with governments. The project also supports research and policy advising in the energy and climate change sector and work on local solutions for adaptation and energy efficiency on the ground.