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July 6, 2020 

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has recently published the “Renewable Energy Outlook: Lebanon”, combining IRENA’s Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) and the REmap (Renewable Energy Mapping) methodologies. The report is a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Energy and Water and IRENA and aims at setting the path for Lebanon to reach 30% of its electricity consumption from renewables by 2030. The “Renewable Energy Outlook: Lebanon” will be the main reference for the LCEC to develop the “National Renewable Energy Action Plan for the Lebanon” for the period 2021-2025. Read more

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Energy and electricity demand have weighed heavily on Lebanon’s economy. Imported fuel oil accounts for nearly a quarter of the national budget deficit, while electricity demand outpaces power generation capacity. Renewable energy technologies, in contrast, offer the prospect of clean, fully domestically sourced power and heat systems. Renewables and energy efficiency have also strengthened recovery plans in the wake of COVID-19.

Lebanon has adopted an ambitious target to cover 30% of its energy consumption from renewables by 2030. This study, carried out by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with Lebanon’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation (LCEC), examines the policy, regulatory, financial and capacity-related challenges to overcome in pursuing such plans.

The report combines IRENA’s Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) methodology, based on country-led consultations with stakeholders, with an in-depth country-level REmap analysis. REmap – IRENA’s global roadmap to scale up renewables – identifies untapped potential and quantifies other factors, such as costs, investment needs and the effect on externalities related to air pollution and the environment. Read more