The need to address energy security in the State of Palestine is critical. Demand for electricity in the West Bank is already outstripping supply, and Gaza is experiencing severe power shortages – with an average of less than 12 hours of electricity per day to run all of Gaza’s essential services. Nearly all of the territories’ energy – 91% – is imported, and the vast majority of these imports come from Israel. Palestinian citizens currently pay one of the highest energy prices in the Arab world – one tenth of their income. The share of renewable energy in Palestine’s total energy supply was 5% at the end of 2022.
Industrial growth is being held back by high electricity prices and persistent energy shortages. Energy represents 40% of production costs. Additionally, the industrial sector accounts for a significantly lower share of total energy consumption (around 11%), compared to higher shares in Jordan (21%) and Egypt (27%). The low level of energy consumption suggests that the limited availability and high cost of energy is hampering potential industrial development and growth.
‘MOUSTADAMA – Promoting an Energy Sustainable Palestinian Industry –’ was launched in 2019 by UNIDO and the Office of the European Union Representative (EUREP) in Jerusalem, in partnership with the Ministry of National Economy.
The Programme aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve energy security and competitiveness in the industrial sector in the State of Palestine through sustainable energy solutions. The Programme focuses on energy management and conservation practices at the enterprise level in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and on increasing electricity supply through renewable energy and combined heat and power applications. With the above objectives in mind, the Programme deliberately adopts an ‘energy efficiency first’ approach, prioritising the promotion of energy efficiency and then looking at renewable energy solutions to fill the remaining gap.
Thanks to the robust process put in place to support and ensure gender mainstreaming in all its activities, MOUSTADAMA provides equal opportunities for men and women to participate in and benefit from all its initiatives.
To find out more, please visit www.moustadama.ps.
To further develop and support the local renewable energy and energy efficiency industry, the Programme will train and certify over 400 national experts, technicians and industrial enterprise staff in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The trainings focus on the design, installation, and maintenance of renewable energy technologies, on energy management systems, and on energy auditing to industrial end-users and service providers. In order to link this newly created expertise with the industrial sector, the Programme has developed a Peer-to-Peer platform for information exchange, cooperation and partnerships between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and energy experts and service providers.
The Programme will help create a consistent demand for clean energy technologies in the industrial sector of the State of Palestine, by promoting 75 Demonstration Projects showcasing the benefits of sustainable energy together with 5 pilot projects focusing on innovative business models designed to re-risk investments – specifically in decentralized energy solutions and mini-grids.
trained and certified in energy efficiency and renewable technologies.
supported to showcase benefits of sustainable energy solutions in industrial enterprises.
established to showcase the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in the industrial enterprises.