Jordan is currently facing an energy transition process to find an answer to a number of challenges such as rising energy demand, instability of energy imports, increasing pressure on environmental resources, expectations on socio-economic development and political transformation. Jordanian stakeholders are discussing new electricity infrastructures and although large-scale deployment of renewable energy sources receives political support, fossil fuels, including new emerging technologies such as shale oil, and nuclear power are two prominent alternatives in the countries’ national development plans. Since November 2016 the MENA-SELECT project partners conducted several workshops to collect data on differences in views and perceptions of Jordanian stakeholders regarding risks and benefits of the technological choices.
Morocco is deemed as a regional front-runner in so far as its ambitious renewable energy targets are concerned. Since November 2015, MENA SELECT project partners have conducted several rounds of stakeholder workshops in Morocco as the first country case of the project. Field research in Morocco was finalized in May 2016. Stakeholder groups were included in the three project stages in Morocco.
Tunisia has emerged after its Jasmine revolution in 2010-2011 with a challenging political transition process in parallel to numerous development and economic challenges of which energy concerns are an integral part. The project MENA SELECT looks into the case of Tunisia at a time of flux accompanying the political transition process with a focus on its energy landscape and future electricity trajectories until 2050. The MENA SELECT project team has conducted in Tunisia nine stakeholder workshops in 2017. The workshops engaged with representatives from a wide range of stakeholder groups including policymakers, academia, the private sector, civil society and media.