MEDCOP21: Capenergies and its members, leading players in the energy transition across the Mediterranean

The MEDCOP21 conference – held prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) – took place on 4-5 June 2015 at the Villa Méditerranée, organised by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region.

The first edition of the MEDCOP21 conference revealed a strong desire for a new, pan-Mediterranean energy transition policy.

One of the highlights was a visit by French President François Hollande, accompanied by Prince Albert II of Monaco, to the “Village of Solutions” – an area showcasing innovative energy products and projects from around 30 different companies. In his opening address, the French President referred to the need for urban global action to address climate change, particularly on the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean – coastal zones exposed to natural risks. He called for greater synergies across the region on economic and social matters and mentioned the need for members of a shared “Mediterranean space” to pave the way for a “shared destiny”.

Two Capenergies member companies were present at the event:

  • In-Situ’s TOTEM mobi project – the solution behind the self-service electric vehicle rental scheme in Marseille and the surrounding towns.
  • Giordano Industries, the leading solar water heating specialist in French-speaking North Africa and the firm behind SOLARPUMP – a thermodynamic solar-powered device that produces domestic hot water.

Another highlight was the “Energy transition and circular economy” workshop, organised jointly by the Capenergies cluster and IMEDER. The two-day workshop was attended by 130 audience members and speakers from the north and south shores of the Mediterranean, presenting their projects and initiatives.

One of the MEDCOP initiatives involves implementation of a “Solutions Agenda” for Mediterranean countries in preparation for the COP 21 and MEDCOP22 (scheduled to be held in Morocco). Four of the thirty-or-so solutions chosen are directly connected to Capenergies’ areas of expertise: development of Smart Grids, strengthening of the concentrated solar thermodynamic sector with storage, energy recovery from urban, industrial and agricultural waste, and creation of a Mediterranean inter-cluster to develop energy efficiency solutions for buildings in the Mediterranean.

See pictures from the event here: