Governance barriers to renewable energy in North Africa

Komendantova, N. ORCID:, Pfenninger, S., & Patt, A. (2014). Governance barriers to renewable energy in North Africa. The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs 49 (2) 50-65. 10.1080/03932729.2014.907627.

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Solar power in the North African region has the potential to provide electricity for local energy needs and export to Europe. Nevertheless, despite the technical feasibility of solar energy projects, stakeholders still perceive projects in the region as risky because of existing governance issues. Certain areas of solar projects, such as construction, operation and management, are the most prone to governance risks, including lack of transparency and accountability, perceived as barriers for deployment of the projects. It is likely that large-scale foreign direct investment into solar energy will not eliminate existing risks, but might even increase them. Furthermore, the recent political changes in the region have addressed some governance risks but not all of them, especially bureaucratic corruption. Stakeholders recommend a broad set of measures to facilitate development of solar projects in the region, ranging from auditing of individual projects to simplification and unification of bureaucratic procedures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: North African region; Foreign direct investment; Solar projects; Governance risks; Transparency and accountability
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Bibliographic Reference: The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs; 49(2):50-65 (June 2014) (Published online 3 July 2014)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:24

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