Posted by: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Solar and wind energy should be prioritised in Tunisia’s energy policies to achieve an energy transition that is now global.

The good news in Tunisia is that policy makers are now aware of the contribution of renewable energy to a country, whose budget is burdened by subsidies and whose energy deficit is a dilemma.

The energy transition is therefore becoming a necessity for Tunisia and not just a concept. The ambitious programs planned in the energy efficiency and renewable energy field should help Tunisia achieve the objective announced in the national contribution, i.e. a reduction in carbon intensity of 41% in 2030, compared to 2010.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency represent 75% of the target of the national contribution mitigation and require the mobilisation of 15 billion dollars, according to Energy, Mines and Renewable Energy Minister Khaled Kaddour, who took the floor on Wednesday at the 2nd day of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue.

He pointed out in his address Tunisia’s determination to move forward on the path of renewable energy deployment through already concocted resource diversification programs.

Kaddour cited the program of setting up solar panels with a capacity of 500 megawatts and the measures taken to encourage Tunisian households to produce their own energy and sell the surplus production to STEG.

According to him, the challenge today is to command technologies in the renewable energy field and explore alternatives for transport and storage.

By: Meriem Khadhraoui