The share of renewable energies represents only 3% in Tunisia. Today, the Bouden government aims to increase the production of renewable energies to 35%. To do this, we must innovate without further delay and move towards technology in the service of the transition. This is what emerges from the third panel of the 23rd edition of the Maghreb Economist Forum. This year, its theme is: “Tunisia facing the economic challenges of ecological and energy transitions”.
How to position oneself in innovation and technology at the service of the transition? It must be said that, unanimously among the panelists present, the economic players present are convinced that the solutions exist.
Ecology impacts our everyday life. Thus it has become an essential tool. Faced with this technological revolution, all sectors must adapt so as not to miss out on the world of tomorrow.
The importance of innovation
Speaking during this panel, Ilhem Bouaziz, DGA of the UIB, emphasized the value of innovation. And this by emphasizing the importance of digitization with zero paper. Thus she cites the example of the UIB bank which, through full digital, the customer participates in limiting greenhouse gas emissions. At least to preserve the planet. She also highlighted other examples throughout her speech on the financing of energy management and depollution projects. And this, through green loans. This means that the bank facilitates access to financing for energy management projects working both in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors (solar, wind, geothermal, hydraulic, biomass, etc.) and protection of the local and global environment (depollution).
For other panelists, it is necessary to provide answers to certain iquestions. For example: what to do? And how to? Because Tunisia is a country which has 365 days of sunshine which it must take advantage of.
Because today’s problem is not linked to the transfer of technology from Europe to Tunisia, but quite the contrary. Tunisians are not lacking in innovation. This was highlighted by Karim Kharrat, Co-founder BW solutions. Indeed, he believes that Tunisia is full of skills in several areas. While adding: “The transfer of technologies must be done from Tunisia to Europe”.
Yassine Allani, DG Advanced Solar Hub, on the other hand, wonders why Tunisia has remained at 3% renewable energy. He considers it urgent to plan for the future. In addition, Yassine Allani, in his reflection, draws up the inventory of innovation. Even more, he wonders about his role. It must be said that reflections are not lacking during this panel. This leads to the importance of new technologies that can help design for recycling.
Coming back to waste, the issue of sorting and recycling is important. Even if Tunisia is far from being a champion in recycling its waste, there is an urgent need to reverse the situation. And why not be the forerunners of innovation in recycling thanks to the gray matter of Tunisians…
But what is needed above all is democratization towards ecological transition. To this end, Selim Kanzari, General Manager Methania, for his part, underlined the implementation of effective mechanisms for energy transition projects to succeed.
But before seeing further, we need everyone’s involvement and above all action. This is the final word of the panel. In short, to preserve our planet and the world around us, it is our duty to all of us as citizens to act to become greener.