Nov 30 2021
Public buildings cut energy bills: new parameters in 3D models
The energy demand is increasing all over the world, and some countries of the south-east Mediterranean region are already experiencing energy shortages and power cuts. In Lebanon, the building stock consumes around 78% of the overall electricity generated in the country. While this percentage varies across the region, this proportion is not negligible. That is why projects are focusing on increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, particularly the public ones. We have talked about this to Sorina Mortada, consultant of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, the partner of the BEEP and ESMES projects – co-funded by the Mediterranean Sea Basin ENI CBC programme – working on energy conservation measures.
What is the situation of the energy sector in the Southern Mediterranean region? What are the common challenges and opportunities?
We live this paradox: a huge potential for using sun and wind, but no easy way to exploit them, because it is very difficult for us to import the necessary equipment and infrastructure to use renewable energies. These are not manufactured locally, and currencies here are not strong enough to import them. Furthermore, especially in rural areas, the isolation of buildings is poor, electricity bills are relatively low and so people do not have the incentive to act. A lot of energy could be saved with small and cheap measures, but there is now awareness.
To shift from fossil fuel to renewable energies, and to integrate energy efficiency and energy conservation measures in our consumption, with a focus on public buildings.