Cagliari Conference: the way to go ahead on Green Jobs incubation


The fourth event of the Egrejob project took place in Cagliari on 19-20 May, with the local assistance of the Regional Employment Agency of Sardinia. The event was not only the occasion to discuss the valuable findings of the territorial research on Green Jobs going on in Tunisia, Lebanon, Spain and Italy and to refine the future activities to be carried out in the different countries. It was also the first chance trainees and trainers from the different participating regions had to meet each other and debate Green Economy issues.

The first Training Exchange Seminar (TES) saw the participation of 32 young Engineers and Architects attending training modules in the countries involved on different green topics. The discussion, facilitated by experts, forced participating youngsters to reflect upon the scope and potential of Green Jobs and on the skills and competences necessary for successfully performing in the different professions covered by the area. The green specialization sectors selected as object of the training sessions were identified following the analysis conducted by country researchers and coordinated by ITC ILO.

In Tunisia the choice fell on Solar Energy, in agreement with CGDR, considered the actual needs and the big potentials of the country in the field. The Green Jobs assessment coordinated by Tuscany Region stressed the need for energy experts capable of dealing with sustainable demands at a wider territorial level by using the model of Energy Services Companies led by ESCO managers, as subjects who are able to finance a company’s activity through the energy savings obtained. The District of Higher Chouf in Lebanon focused on green professions connected with Tourism and Agriculture while Sardinia is moving towards the enhancement of Smart Grids managerial capacities. As regards Spain, the Chamber of Commerce of Terrassa decided to provide specialization courses on Energy Efficiency, as demanded by the Catalonian region, whereas in Andalucia the research led in conjunction with the Development Agency IDEA stressed the need to create Sustainable Building experts.

The second (and last) meeting will take place in Sousse (Tunisia) on 11 and 12 June 2015. As the development of entrepreneurial activities and mindsets is considered essential by the project, the second TES will focus on the development of business models to be adapted to concrete entrepreneurial ‘Green Jobs’ ideas and will move from the simultaneous reinforcement of networking among the involved trainees, thus enhancing international cooperation opportunities through confrontation with peers.

These activities represent one of the first attempts to create an Euro-Mediterranean incubation system, by building an expert network capable of cooperating on the new and diverse skills needed by ‘green’ professionals.





EU and South and East Mediterranean partners step-up energy relations


European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and the Moroccan Minister for Energy, Abdelkader Amara, have today unveiled three new Euro-Mediterranean platforms on gas, the regional electricity market, and renewables and energy efficiency.

“Our regions often have to face similar energy challenges. We need to work together to create common solutions. These three platforms represent a true challenge, but I am confident that with the participation and engagement of all our partners they will be a success,” Arias Cañete said.

The platforms will facilitate partnerships between stakeholders and strengthen cooperation between the countries of the Union for the Mediterranean.

On gas, the cooperation platform will discuss how to develop gas production in North Africa and eastern Mediterranean countries for their domestic markets and for export to the EU. It will also debate regulatory, financing and infrastructure issues, such as new pipelines and LNG facilities in order to create a Mediterranean gas hub.

The regional electricity market platform will centre on gradually removing technical, regulatory, and infrastructure barriers to the free trade of electricity across international borders. Trading electricity freely in the Mediterranean region would boost energy security by diversifying supply and increase competition between power generators.

On renewable energy and energy efficiency, the platform will analyse how to promote the right regulatory frameworks and markets to encourage investments in renewables and energy efficient practices. It will also exchange best practices in areas including measuring energy efficiency, developing national energy efficiency plans, enforcing energy codes for buildings and defining minimum energy performance standards for appliances.

What do GreenJobs have to do with ICT?


What do GreenJobs have to do with ICT? Surely, a lot! Listen to this illuminating podcast where Michele Vianello explains to Egrejob students in PIN – Polo Universitario Città di Prato the know-how necessary for future planners in terms of socialnetworks, smartcities, internetofthings, gamification, etc.


Mediterranean commitment on climate change


Mediterranean Mayors from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel signed up to the Covenant of Mayors  initiative on climate change committing to meet and exceed the EU’s 20% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2020

Twenty-four mayors and representatives of local authorities from six countries in the south Mediterranean region have signed up to the Covenant of Mayors initiative, committing to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The mayors and representatives – from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine and Israel – took part in a signing ceremony organised by the European Commission and the EU project Cleaner Energy Saving Mediterranean Cities (CES-MED) held in Skhirat, Morocco.

The Covenant of Mayors is a global movement that started in the EU. It involves local and regional authorities voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources.  By committing, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the EU’s 20% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2020. Currently, some 6,300 cities and towns in 54 countries have signed.

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