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Tunisia mobilizes for energy transition

Tunisia is embracing renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass to diversify its energy mix and wean itself off its dependence on fossil fuels.

The ambitious target is to generate 35% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Improving energy efficiency in key sectors such as buildings, industry and transport is a top priority. A 30% reduction in energy demand by 2030 demonstrates Tunisia’s firm commitment to a more responsible use of energy resources.

The creation of the Energy Transition Fund in 2013 was a key step in supporting investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Attracting private investors is crucial, as they account for a significant share of renewable energy financing in North Africa.

Between 60 and 70% of natural gas comes from Algeria

Belhassen Chiboub, Director General of Electricity and Energy Transition at the Ministry of Industry, spoke on Thursday, May 9 about the progress of Tunisia’s energy transition program.

In this context, he said that the state is making an enormous effort to subsidize electricity, the prices of which it has not increased, stressing that citizens who consume less than one kilowatt/hour benefit from support amounting to around 60% of the cost.

Chiboub also explained that the energy transition aims to “guarantee the country’s supply of primary energy, whatever the source”, pointing out that there is no choice but to “secure our photovoltaic energy needs”.

In the same vein, he added that current consumption is estimated at 24 gigawatts and is expected to reach between 30 and 35 gigawatts by 2030.

Finally, Belhassen Chiboub pointed out that between 60 and 70% of natural gas comes from Algeria and that the price of a ton has reached 500 dollars, which means that the cost per hour is 300 millimes.

Widening energy trade deficit

The energy trade deficit worsened by 26% in January 2024 (taking into account exported Algerian gas royalties) to stand at TND 1,011 million, according to the monthly report on the energy situation for January 2024 published by the National Observatory of Energy and Mines.

 Exports of energy products increased by 44% in value in January 2024 compared to the same period last year, reaching TND 279 million. Similarly, the value of imports of petroleum products increased by 30% compared to the same period in 2023, reaching TND 1,290 million.

It should be noted that the energy transition in Tunisia represents a decisive turning point towards a more sustainable, greener and more resilient future.

By mobilizing all its stakeholders, both public and private, to build a cleaner and more efficient energy model, Tunisia is positioning itself as a committed actor in the fight against climate change and the promotion of sustainable development.

This journey towards energy sustainability demonstrates the country’s determination to build a better future for all, while respecting the environment and future generations.


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