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TuNur presents at COP21

Dec 20, 2015

Tunur sponsors and presents at the COP21 conference in Paris.

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 was held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 12 December 2015. It was the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation.

In 2015 the COP21 aimed, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. The outcome was the Paris Agreement, a global agreement on the reduction of climate change, the text of which represented a consensus of the representatives of the 196 parties attending it. The agreement will become legally binding if joined by at least 55 countries which together represent at least 55 percent of global greenhouse emissions. Such parties will need to sign the agreement in New York between 22 April 2016 (Earth Day) and 21 April 2017, and also adopt it within their own legal systems (through ratification, acceptance, approval, or accession).

Director and CEO of TuNur, Kevin Sara, emphasised the large range of benefits that TuNur would bring as European countries and North Africa will benefit from North African solar potential to meet emission reduction targets while providing a strong stimulus to the North African economy. European governments should open markets (FIT or clean power premium regimes) to imports. Current policies discriminate against imported renewable energy. These protectionist barriers should be removed, and European governments should act to facilitate the transport of base-load renewable energy across European borders to enable import projects.

About TuNur

TuNur is a solar export project from Tunisia to Europe. It aims to develop the first utility-scale solar export project between Tunisia and Europe. As a first stage, the project consists of a 250MW CSP Tower plant with molten salt storage with a dedicated HVDC transmission line from the site, landing in Malta. As a second stage, the project consists of 2,250MW CSP Tower plant with molten salt storage on the same site with a dedicated HVDC transmission line from the site, landing North of Rome, Italy. Once landed in Italy 9,000GWh per annum of low carbon dispatchable power will be transported to off-takers across Europe. The project will contribute significantly to the decarbonization of the European grid by opening a new energy corridor between North Africa and Europe, purposefully built for the transportation of solar energy from the Sahara desert to the European grid. At the same time the project will provide a strong stimulus to enhance the Tunisian economy and further its path toward sustainable growth.

About Nur Energie

Nur Energie is an independent solar power plant developer focused on significant climate change mitigation by opening new energy corridors. Nur is developing utility scale concentrated solar power (“CSP”) and photovoltaic (“PV”) projects in Southern Europe and North Africa that are capable of producing low carbon, base load power at competitive prices, all whilst generating significant socio economic benefits within the regions it develops in. Nur currently has over 2,200MW of under development in Greece, Morocco, Tunisia and France.


Jana Zarges
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Category: Updates and Events | Posted by: Daniel