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Certificates of Recognition for promoting a better environment

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16 June 2017
Certificates of Recognition for promoting a better environment
The Ministry of Energy and Water and the United Nations Development Programme organized on the 13th of June, 2017, a certificates of recognition event during which 9 beneficiaries were recognized for their commitment in promoting supporting renewable energy in Lebanon. This event was organized within the Global Environment Facility funded project DREG or the Decentralised Renewable Energy Generation Project.

Al Taghzia, Liban Cables, Raidy Printing Group, Big Mills of the South, AbC Dbayeh, Perla, Al Kazzi, Beit Misk and Reva, were recognised by H.E. Eng. Cesar Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Waterand Mr. Luca Renda, UNDP Country Director for installing rooftops solar electricity generating systems.

The DREG project supported the beneficiaries technically and financially for the design and installation of the solar electricity generating systems. In turn, the beneficiaries provided co-financing of up to 83% in some cases which they received in the form of low-interest loans from the NEEREA programme of the Central Bank.

H.E. Engineer Cesar Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Water stated that DREG’s team might be small but the projects it has implemented were large, pointing out that thanks to DREG, we now have an annual full survey of solar PV market in Lebanon. His Excellency also added that in 2015, it amounted to 10 megawatts while numbers show that in 2016 the installations exceeded 25 megawatts, a remarkable increase as a direct result of the national policies implemented.

Abi Khalil encouraged both the private and public sectors to collaborate and invest in the renewable energy for a more sustainable Lebanon.

"At a macro level, these systems contribute towards Lebanon’s commitment in 2009 to reach 12% of renewable energy by 2020 and 15% by 2030 - as stated in Lebanon’s official commitments to the UN Convention on Climate Change," said Mr. Luca Renda, UNDP Country Director. Mr. Renda stated that the total installed capacity in the nine sites amounts to 2,600 kilowatts, adding that these systems will reduce the facilities’ demand on electricity coming from the state utility and reduce diesel fuel consumption from their private generators. He also promised that UNDP will continue to seek funding to support the Government of Lebanon to overcome the climate challenge and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 7, 8, 9, and 13 – Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, and Climate Action, respectively.

After the opening speeches, Mr. Jil Amine, UNDP DREG Project Manager presented the DREG - UNDP Demonstration Projects before the distribution of awards.