About MEDREC / Presentation of MEDREC


The Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land, and Sea (IMELS), ex Italian Ministry of the Environment and Territory, the Ministry of Industry ex Ministry for Industry and Energy of Tunisia, and the National Agency of Energy Conservation (ANME), signed on January 26, 2004 a Memorandum of Understanding for establishing, in the framework of the Type II Initiative launched by Italy at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, in Tunis a Centre for training, information dissemination, networking and development of pilot projects in the field of renewable energies named the Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre (MEDREC).

MEDREC is a regional centre and a donor- funded project within the ANME, through funding from the IMELS.

MEDREC has been recognized as the reference point for all the projects in the field of Renewable Energies to be undertaken in the Maghreb region by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Tunisia.

MEDREC is included in the framework of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD), a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of developing world Centres of Excellence and network partners, renowned for their activities on energy, development and environment issues.

The Partners of the MEDREC are International and Governmental Institutions, working on energy and environmental sustainability, in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia.

The mission of MEDREC is to develop regional competencies through the transfer of technologies, training of experts, and the dissemination of information in the field of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. In particular, MEDREC activities are addressed to implement research and   projects   activities   related   to   financing   sources, capacity building with the development of regional competencies in the field of Renewable   Energies and Energy Efficiency, dissemination of information, development of pilot projects, transfer of technology in the field of Renewable Energies and implementation of Energy Efficiency of Renewable Energies systems.

The mandate of the Centre focuses also on the investigation of the positive role of Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency boosting   private sector   investments   in the region. With all these actions, MEDREC contributes to the development of a Mediterranean sustainable renewable energy market and to build a stronger private sector infrastructure.


  • Implementation in Tunisia of financial mechanisms supporting   large-scale diffusion of solar water heaters (PROSOL Project), overcoming capital costs barrier and resulting in a self sustaining change of scale of Tunisian SWH market. The project has been successfully extended to tertiary and industrial sectors (PROSOL Tertiary and PROSOL Industrial) and to residential photovoltaic installations (PROSOL ELEC).
  • Research activity in the assessment   of the potential of development of Renewable Energies and for the design of financial support schemes
  • Implementation of demonstration projects (such as MEDISCO Project: Application of solar cooling technologies in food industry in the Mediterranean basin)
  • Development of a partnership platform between the two shores of the   Mediterranean Sea accompanying the Tunisian-Italian interconnection project both on technical and regulatory sides
  • Scouting and development of CDM projects
  • Local and regional trainings targeted to the actors committed in Renewable Energies market, policy, and research.

   MEDREP initiative

The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Programme (MEDREP) was launched as a Type II Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg by Italy.

The two principal objectives of the programme are:

  • To provide sustainable energy services particularly to rural populations;
  • To contribute to the climate change mitigation by increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix of the Region.

In this perspective, the programme aims at developing a sustainable renewable energy market system in the greater Mediterranean Region, through three main sub-projects:

  • Tailoring of financial instruments and mechanisms to support projects
  • Strengthening of policy frameworks and overcoming of barriers to renewable energy deployment


Based on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2004, the members that had founded the MEDREC are:

ITALY - The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea

TUNISIA - The Tunisian Ministry for Industry and Energy - TMIE

TUNISIA - The Tunisian National Agency for Energy Conservation– ANME

The Mediterranean Observatory of Energy- OME

The United Nation Environment Program – UNEP

EGYPT - The New and Renewable Energy Authority of Egypt – NREA

ALGERIA - The Algerian Ministry for Territory and Environment - AMTE

LIBYA - The Libyan Environmental General Authority – EGA

MOROCCO - The Centre for Renewable Energy Development of Morocco – CDER

The Mediterranean Renewable Energy Centre


MEDREC is an operational platform and a think-tank for cooperation, with the core mission of supporting and boosting collaboration for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development in the mediterranean region.

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