The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Climate and Energy Project in Jordan brings together government representatives with civil society organizations and provides policy recommendations based on research. Battling against climate change and promoting a socially just energy transition are at the core of this Amman-based project. With its partner organizations and environmental activists, FES promotes the concept of climate justice. FES trains its partners, civil society organisations, in climate diplomacy and takes them to climate summits and world climate negotiations. FES supports research and policy advising in the energy and climate change sector and works on local solutions for adaptation and energy efficiency on the ground. FES is striving to enable the attainment of climate justice, by preparation, inclusion and cooperation in the region.
In Jordan, FES advocates for an energy transition into renewable energy, challenging the fossil fuel driven economies of many of the MENA countries and encouraging the exploration of the enormous economic potential of solar and wind energy with a daily average of nine hours of sun. Not only businesses and investors should benefit from the energy transition, but also citizens, households and municipalities.Thus, FES searches solutions for a just transition in the energy sector ensuring both, the protection of the planet and the people.
Examples of partners in Jordan are the Jordan Green Building Council, EDAMA, JREEEF, CSBE, the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) and the Ministries of Energy and Environment, among others. In cooperation with EDAMA, FES is giving inputs for the discussion around the Jordanian energy strategy and lobby for decentralized solar power. Decentralized solar power combines energy transition with social justice, reducing poverty and the democratization of the energy sector. In its work towards 100 percent renewable energy in Jordan, FES explores new renewable sources such as the biomass in project with RSS.
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its founding in 1925. The FES office in Amman was established in 1986, while the project on Energy and Climate in Jordan was introduced in 2013. FES shares the core values of social democracy – freedom, justice and solidarity. As a non-profit institution, FES organizes its work autonomously and independently.
Check out the FES website for more information and publications: https://www.fes-jordan.org/topics/ climate-energy/