Energy conservation in the building sector

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Sector Buildings
Focus area
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Type of action Strategy/Policy
Scope National
Stage Under development
Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
Start of initiative 2014
Financing and support details
Financing status Seeking financing
Total cost EUR 465 mln
Financing requested EUR 190 mln
Financing received to-date
(no data)
Principal source of financing Private
Principal type of financing Grant
Capacity building required Yes
Technology transfer required Yes
Additional information
Proponent(s) Tunisian Energy Conservation Agency (ANME)
International funder(s) UK and Germany
Organization providing technical support Ecofys, GIZ
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The proposed NAMA aims to increase the uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures across the building sector

Activities: (2016 - 2021)
The key objective of the NAMA is to reduce the demand for fossil fuel-based energy in both existing and new buildings and associated GHG emissions as compared to the business as usual (BAU) scenario in Tunisia. It will also deliver sustainable development co-benefits and reinforce the Tunisian energy sector. The concept of this NAMA is to create a comprehensive and effective package of interlinked measures to tap the full mitigation potential of the building sector. The NAMA focuses on three programmes: solar water heaters, solar PV, and thermal performance. It is expected that the NAMA will support the transformation of the Tunisian building sector towards a low carbon path through promoting investments in low-carbon technologies, strengthening institutional capacities, as well as building and strengthening technical capacities.

Tthe NAMA focuses on three programmes:

  • PROSOL : solar water heaters
  • PROSOL ELEC : solar PV
  • PROMO ISOL : thermal performance

These programmes are still facing financial, technical and communication-related challenges that prevent them from reaching their full scale-up. The launch of PROMO ISOL is planned but has not yet materialised due to a lack of capacity and financial support.

The United Kingdom and Germany have pre-selected 7 NAMA Support Projects, including this NAMA in Tunisia, from the NAMA Facility’s 4th Call. These projects will receive funding by Germany and the UK of up to € 60 million to prepare their preparation development phase. Decisions on funding for implementation will be taken after the assessment of these proposals.

This contribution aims to

  • scale-ip PROSOL ELEC through the reform of its current financial mechanism to enable the participation at the roof-top PV market of all households
  • enhance the legal and regulatory framework for all three programmes/technologies of the NAMA so as to facilitate the scaling-up
  • strenghten communication on all three programmes to raise awareness of the different actors involved and to support the development of a sustainable renewable energy and energy efficiency market in Tunisia

The financial component will focus on PROSOL ELEC, which is less mature than PROSOL in order to maximise the scalability of the programme.

Impact and MRV


Cumulative GHG reductions: No data available
Mitigative capacity:

No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


Social: Creation of skilled jobs in the energy industry

Ensure a reliable domestic energy supply Improve access to electricity

Economic: Reducing dependence on fossil fuels

Reducing costs for government and final energy users Strengthen business sector that provides energy conservation services and products for buildings

Environmental: Change behaviours of actors in the building sector by creating new markets niches for energy efficiency and renewable energy in the sector

MRV Framework:

The Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system will enable to calculate total CO2 emission reductions and quantify the impacts of the NAMA. A set of key indicators, regarding GHG emissions, sustainable development co-benefits and investments for energy conservation in the building sector, have been defined. Monitoring activities of these indicators, whose frequency and methodology have been clearly identified, will be attributed to different parties: staff of the PROSOL programme responsible for solar water heaters, staff of the PROSOL ELEC programme responsible for solar PV, staff of the PROMO-ISOL programme responsible for thermal performance, and staff of the ANME for general indicators applicable to all technologies. MRV staff will be specified and appointed by the ANME. Verification will be carried out internally as well as externally by an accredited verifier.


It is expected to leverage at least EUR 154 million of additional private financing in the form of commercial loans (166 million when including customer investments) and EUR 36 million of public funds through a government investment subsidy, which will gradually phase out.