Fossil fuels are finite, there is an insecurity of energy supply and prices are unstable and destabilising. In addition climate change and nature loss is at our doors, so finding tangible and immediate solutions is critical. Heliosthana provides this by describing a decade-long harmonious transition towards a sustainable energy system that respects people and the planet, while sustaining a balanced economic and social development.
In 2020 Heliosthana combines low energy intensity (20% less than in 2010) with a promising share of renewable energy (20% of primary energy supply). Part of the renewable electricity is exported to neighbouring countries. Education, R&D and healthcare have benefited from the money saved due to reduced investments in fossil fuels.
The Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) has set a target of 20 Gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2020 and the Desertec Industrial Initiative talks about a potential 400 bn EUR investment in renewables in Northern Africa. WWF supports sustainable energy development in the Mediterranean region, however in order to be effective, the MSP still needs to take bold steps to move towards a solar region.
Jean-Philippe Denruyter, Manager for Global Renewable Energy Policy at WWF International and Special Advisor to the Government of Heliosthana, said:
“WWF believes that Heliosthana has become a role model for its northern and southern neighbours and an ideal partner for the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) to reach its objectives.
"It highlights that each country in the region should elaborate its own solar plan, boosting prosperity and increasing security”.
Since Heliosthana's decision to prepare and implement a roadmap towards sustainable energy, discussions have taken place in a number of countries on how to follow Heliosthana's good example: Turkish and Lebanese stakeholders have already made concrete suggestions on how to best improve the energy context of their respective countries, using the Heliosthana approach.
"Heliosthana Country Reports" for both countries have since been published. (See links at right).