December 2019

Date: 29 September 2020

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Building a Mediterranean Water and Energy Community


Quote of the Month

“The Mediterranean thus became probably the most vigorous place of interaction between different societies on the face of this planet, and it has played a role in the history of human civilization that has far surpassed any other expanse of sea.” 

>> David Abulafia, The Great Sea, A Human History of the Mediterranean

From Around the Sea


Egypt Launches World Youth Forum Focusing on ‘Mediterranean Energy’

The four-day forum is expected to be attended by around 7,000 youths representing different countries, and will have a thematic focus on energy. 

>> Read more from Asharq Al-Awsat

هل تعلم؟

“يُعتبر حوض المتوسط من أكثر مناطق العالم تنوعا بيئيا، أما المناخ المتوسطي فهو أكثر مناخات العالم اعتدالا وملاءمة للأنشطة التجارية والإنتاجية، نظرا لحرارته المعتدلة وفصوله المتوازنة ومعدلات أمطاره المتوسطة.”

>> البحر الأبيض المتوسط.. قصة الحضارة

AMWAJ in Action

ِA year in review

It has been a full year of water, energy news, updates and opportunities from around the Mediterranean. 

AMWAJ thanks you for your support, and we wish you a happy end of the year, and wonderful holidays!

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If you would like to become a partner of AMWAJ or learn more about the forum, contact Patricia Carbonell: 
AMWAJ 2020

AMWAJ in Action

A Mediterranean Investment Facility takes shape

On 11 December 2019, RCREEE hosted the first stakeholders consultation meeting of Mediterranean Investment Facility (MIF) in Egypt aiming to scale up clean energy technologies and incentives in the Egyptian market.

The kick-off workshop brought together local construction companies and developers, the Housing and Building National Research Center, the Egypt Green Building Council and local universities in addition to project partners.
Press release from RCREEE

Made in the Med

SunBox: Bringing power to Gaza

The Gaza Strip in Palestine has faced issues with consistent power supply and electricity cuts for over a decade. To respond to this challenge, Majd Mashharawi and a team of Palestinian entrepreneurs launched SunBox, a company which provides solar kits to families along with other energy solutions. 

“I spent all my [time at] college sitting by a candle,” says Mashharawi to The Guardian. “Hospitals are prioritized, they have eight to 10 hours’ electricity – people have three to five hours.”

This solution is viable for providing daily energy needs, powering phones, TV’s, small refrigerators, and computers and other small devices.
More from The Guardian

Must Read

COP25: Key outcomes from Madrid

This year’s annual UN climate conference, COP25 in Madrid, became the longest on record when it concluded  on 15 December, following more than two weeks of  negotiations. 

The ending of these negotiations was followed by a protest by around 200 climate campaigners and indigenous rights activists, expressing their frustration at the lack of progress. These activists were then evicted from the venue. 

More from the Carbon Brief.
Read the summary


Africa Investment Forum springs new deals for Egypt



Egypt said it has signed several energy accords at a conference in its partially built new capital, which lies 45 kilometers from Cairo and is yet to be named.

The city is one of a number of projects launched under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and will include ministries, a business district, a diplomatic quarter, residential districts and a large park.

The first civil servants are expected to arrive next year, though much of the site is still earth and sand and the project has run into delays and financing problems.

Egypt has held the chair of the African Union this year and has been trying to promote itself as a linchpin for African trade and economic development.

Learn more


RCREEE offers certified RETScreen expert training



RCREEE in close cooperation with the Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) with support from RETScreen International, a Division of the Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), offer a 5-day training to become a “Certified RETScreen Expert “.

The program is starts in January 2020 in Egypt. Participants will enjoy one-year subscriptions to RETScreen Expert Professional mode.

For applying and more details, please contact RCREEE Senior Energy Management Specialist, Eng. Khalid Salmi (email:

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