Municipal staff from seven Tunisian municipalities of the Rev’Acte network attended two training sessions on national and international financing mechanisms to develop and implement energy efficiency projects.

Despite the online format, the training was a success; all seven municipalities of the network attended (Bizerte, Mahdia, Nabeul, Sfax, Sousse, Tozeur and Tunis) and the level of interaction and constructive debate among the participants was high.

Under the leadership of the Tunisian National Energy Agency and in partnership with IDE-E , MedCities supports the Rev’ACTE project (Network of Allied Cities for Climate and Energy Transition) aiming at promoting city to city networking, exchange of experiences and good practices as well as organizing capacity-building activities for municipalities committed to energy efficiency. The partners organised a series of seminars to strengthen management skills in the field of energy efficiency at the municipal level. During this third week of December, participants assisted to the last session, on access to financing schemes targeting energy efficiency projects. These projects can relate to eco-construction, sustainable urban mobility, energy efficiency in street lighting, among many others. The sessions included a theoretical part and practical exercises.

The sessions took place on the 14th and 15th December. In the first session, the partners presented a panorama of different financing mechanisms. The ANME presented in detail how to access the FTE Scheme “Fonds pour la Transition Énergétique”, a national financing scheme that is particularly relevant for Tunisian municipalities. Several international financing possibilities were also presented, including international donors, decentralised cooperation programmes or international funds, such as the City Climate Gap Fund. The second session, gave an introduction on the principles and mechanisms of “climate finance”, with a main example from the Green Climate Fund. This second session was also an opportunity to review the practical exercises altogether and, importantly, to launch the Rev’ACTE Call for Projects on carbon compensation, which will allow participant cities to benefit from a Rev’ACTE carbon credit.