The MENA region continues to be a region with a huge potential for the expansion of renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources nevertheless only account for 2.5% of total regional energy production in 2015. At the same time, the MENA region is one of the most vulnerable regions to global climate change. Countries of the region are already subject to external climate-related shocks with varying degrees such as desertification, lack in water resources, and negative impacts on human livelihood and health. In order to address the social risks related to climate change effects in the MENA Region FES has developed with its partner Climate Action Network Arab World a set of infographics to draw the attention of a wider public on these topics. The thirty infographics were widely-shared on social media in order to attract a younger public. A few examples can be found below.
46% if the total renewable energy in Germany is owned by individuals as well as farmers.
More than 12% of fertile agricultural land in the Nile Delta is vulnerable to a rise in sea level equivalent to 1 meter.
Climate Change and the rise in temperatures will make some of the gulf cities uninhabitable.
The year 2015 recorded the highest percentage of renewable energy usage. That year, 64 GW of Wind Energy and 57 GW of Solar Energy were installed. This is an increase of 30% in comparison with the year 2014.
By the year 2040, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Palestine will all be countries vulnerable to a severe water crisis.
Renewable Energy currently employs 7.7 million people around the world. If the renewable energy productivity is doubled, a total of 16 million people will be employed.