Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Lebanon

11/03/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/03/2020 08:33


Budget: €1,875,000 (80% financed by EU funds)
Location: Lebanon
Date of project: December 2019 - December 2022
Implementing Partner: Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria (ICU), Association Arcenciel (AEC), Università degli Studi di Genova (UNIGE), Diane Fondation

Lebanon's energy supply and consumption is almost entirely dependent on oil products' imports (99.3%). Moreover, electricity provision is scattered and uneven, with a significant undersupply at a time when demand is continuously rising.

Daily electricity outages led most households and businesses to rely upon private off-grid and highly polluting diesel generators, producing electricity at a higher cost than Electricite du Liban. Despite Lebanon's favourable environment for the generation and use of renewable energies, they remain largely underexploited. Renewable energy generation only represents 0.85 % in the electricity mix. Moreover, renewable energy mostly comes from hydropower as opposed to wind and solar energy both of which remain underleveraged.

Lebanon is also facing multiple waste crises and is specifically lacking infrastructure and adequate legal frameworks to deal with e-waste and batteries. This precarious situation has had considerable consequences, with the anarchical disposal of battery waste in informal dumpsites contaminating not only the groundwater and the river water, but also threatening the whole Mediterranean Sea.

The European Union is committed to supporting Lebanon in minimizing the risks associated to weak waste management and the impact of e-waste and batteries on the environment and health of Lebanese citizens.