ETI 2020: Tunisia loses 4 percentage points compared to 2019 (Davos)
19/05/2020 11:28, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)-Tunisia lost 4 percentage points in the Davos World Economic Forum's Energy Transition Index (ETI), which benchmarks the performance of the energy systems of 115 countries around the world and their readiness for a successful transition to renewable energy.

Tunisia's ETI score achieved on a scale of 0 to 100% has dropped from 52% in 2019 to 48.2% in 2020, according to this ranking, published on May 12, 2020, by the World Economic Forum.

Regarding the performance of its energy system, Tunisia obtained a score of 53% against 59% in 2019, while its score regarding the degree of preparation for the energy transition fell by only two points, from 45% in 2019 to 43% in 2020.

This decline could be explained by the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has blocked the progress of several projects and programmes not only in Tunisia, but all over the world.

According to this 52-page report, "The transformation of the energy system over the past decade, although slower than required to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, has been unprecedented. But this hard‑earned momentum now risks being lost, as the ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic continues to cause economic and social damage."

"Beyond the uncertainty over its long‑term consequences, COVID-19 has unleashed cascading effects in real time, notably the erosion of almost a third of global energy demand, unprecedented oil price volatilities and subsequent geopolitical implications, delayed or stalled investments and projects,

uncertainties over the employment prospects of millions of energy‑sector workers," the same source explains.

"While the necessary steps must be taken to protect lives and livelihoods, risks to the future of human civilisation and climate change persist, with important lessons to be learned, the report points out."

«The new Earth 2.0 that will emerge after COVID‑19 will be a «new normal,» but many fundamental challenges will still exist. Chief among them is the imperative to collectively work towards an effective and inclusive energy transition,» said Roberto Bocca, Head of Shaping the Future of Energy & Materials, World Economic Forum.

The Energy Transition Index, a composite score of 40 indicators, benchmarks 115 countries on the current performance of their energy system, and their readiness for transition to a secure, sustainable, affordable, and inclusive future energy system.

Internationally, 94 countries have improved their ETI composite score over the past six years. These countries account for more than 70% of the world's population and also 70% of global CO2 emissions.

As a reminder, Tunisia adopted as early as 2014 an energy transition policy aimed at reducing its primary energy consumption by 30% compared with the trend scenario by 2030 and increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity production by 30% by the same date.

To achieve these objectives, Tunisia adopted a number of measures including the creation of the Energy Transition Fund in 2014 and the promulgation of the law relating to the production of electricity from renewable energy sources in 2015.

Since 2016, a programme has been decided upon "programme 2017-2020," aimed at installing an additional capacity of 1,000 MW of renewable energy.

This programme effectively started in 2018, following the acceleration conference for RE programmes (CIM of February 2018), aimed among other goals to produce 1,000 MW under concession (500 hp and 500 wind).

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