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Algiers to host seminar on “Energy Transition: challenges, opportunities”

Today, also hydrocarbon producing countries need to get started on ‘energy transition’, which implies investing in de-carbonisation processes, enhancing energy efficiency and increasing the pcontribution of renewable sources to the energy mix.

To this end, the Italian Embassy in Algeria, in conjuction with the International Affairs Institute (IAI), promoted a seminar in Algiers on 11 November which was attended by approximately 100 representatives of  institutions and enterprises, focusing on the future of energy seen not only as a challenge but as an oppportunity, in terms of wealth and job creation.

Ambassador Ferrara underlined that  “Italy and Algeria are Countries particularly exposed to climate hazards and, consequently, highly sensitive to environemental issues. Italy and Algeria, that are friends and neighbours in the Mediterranean area and historically linked by a consolidated partnership in the energy sector, can develop a useful synergy to stand up to the challenges and seize the opportunities that come with the e’nergy transition’, also through new industrial partnerships, seeking to ensure a sustainable economic development.”

Italian  Ambassador Pasquale Ferrara, the Director General for Energy of the Algerian Ministry of Energy,  Zoubir Boulkroun and the Advisor Minister of the EU Delegation to Algeria, Stéphane Mechati, delivered the introductory remarks. The two working sessions, chaired by Nicolo Sartori, head of the IAI  “Energy, Climate and Resources” Programme, focused on institutional cooperation and the role of industries, respectively.

The seminar’s agenda featured several  institutional presenters, including the representatives of  MedReg (the Association of the Mediterranean Energy Regulators), Med-TSO (the Association of the Mediterranean Transmission Systems Operators), of the Italian Regulators of Energy Networks and Environment  (ARERA), of the Algerian Commission of Electricity and Gas Regulators (CREG) and the Algerian Authority for Energy Efficiency Promotion (APRUE).

Representatives of Ansaldo Energia, ANEV (Associazione Nazionale Energia del Vento, gathering 90 Italian enterprises active in wind energy), Nuovo Pignone / Baker Hughes and  Sonelgaz (Algerian public company responsible for the distribution of power and gas) attended the session dedicated to the role of industry.