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MedCOP Climat will follow-up the approved commitments at MedCOP 21 and reaffirm the Mediterranean dimension as a relevant actor for the fight against climate change.


EnergyMed 2016

The Conference Exhibition on Renewable Sources and Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean will takes place from 31th of March to 02th of April, in Naples, Italy.


Over 600 students from Catalonia learn about the benefits offered by solar energy

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), in collaboration with the Cluster for the Internationalisation and Innovation of Spanish Solar Companies (Solartys), has provided this year seminars in several schools of Catalonia, in the framework of the European project FOSTEr in MED, to raise awareness about the benefits offered by solar energy in the Mediterranean region among young people.


ASCAME participates in the latest edition of Smart City Expo World Congress

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) participated on 17th and 19th November in the Smart City Expo World Congress, the largest international congress of the smart cities sector. ASCAME attended the fair on behalf of the European project FOSTEr in Med.


ASCAME promotes renewables energies in the Mediterranean

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) has recently participated in a total of four trade fairs for the renewable energy sector on behalf of the European project Foster in Med.


The Mediterranean, solar energy as a source of sustainable growth

The Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) will organise the 2nd Mediterranean Solar Forum, which will take place in framework of the 9th edition of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders the 26th November in Barcelona.


3 Universities in Catalonia promote the green economy

The GMI project of the ASCAME's network starts a pilot project in the Mediterranean for the return of packaging  

Students of 3 universities recycle more than 15.000 packaging in two months 

For two months, students of 3 universities of Barcelona have had the opportunity of using the GMI project’s return packaging machines installed in different spaces of these universities. Also, they have participated in diverse monthly prizes with the accumulation of points.  
This pilot project has been implemented thanks to the European project GMI, managed by ASCAME network’s members in coordination with the General Secretariat. The project’s area of action includes not only Spain but also other countries of the zone of the Mediterranean such as Egypt, Italy, Lebanon and Tunisia. 
In Spain the machines have been located by ASCAME, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and FUNDITEC, in coordination with the Chamber of Trade, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mont Lebanon, as leaders of the project. Their activity has been supported by the Fundació per a la Prevenció de Residus i el Consum Responsable (Retorna), a non-governmental organization specialized in the awareness of recycling. 
In Catalonia, the pilot project has been implemented thanks to the support of the 3 universities where 16 machines have been installed: 1 in the High school of Design and Engineering of Barcelona (ELISAVA), 7 in the University of Barcelona (UB) and 8 in the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).
To date, a total of 6 prizes have been awarded in May and June in order to stimulate the students’ participation. 
In this occasion, on 10th July winners received a diploma in acknowledgement of their contribution, together with a music festival voucher for two persons. 
A total of more than 15.000 packaging have been recycled with the participation of 7960 students of the 3 universities involved. 
Under the slogan: There is not Planet B. Recycle!, students are encouraged to reduce ecological impact whereas favoring the return of one use drink packaging in their universities. 
The GMI project is financed by the European program ENPI CBC MED Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean, whose aim is of developing integrated systems for recycling and the environment improvement, to assure the recycling and treatment of the residues across innovative technologies and methods of sustainability.
The project is an initiative not only to encourage young people to be responsible with the environment, to have first-hand experiences with environmental companies.
ASCAME has the main objective of promoting the cooperation between the North and South of the Mediterranean, the regional integration, specially across the consolidation of the SMEs, promoting strategic axes as the green economy in the region.
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ASCAME boosts Green SMEs in the Mediterranean area through FIREMED platform

Energy sector SMEs in the Mediterranean area now have an online platform to support access to finance for. The platform has been developed through the FIREMED project, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, within the framework of the Programme MED, and is accessible at

The objective of the project is to approach both Local and Regional Authorities, and Financial Operators supporting energy sector SMEs development, and proposing innovative financial instruments for use in Local Development plans, and innovative services that improve matching between SMEs in search of financial means and Investors.

FIREMED has launched a technical assistance to SMEs which consists in providing energy-sector SMEs and Start-ups with assistance to make their business plan more consistent with financial operators’ requirements in the following platform “”.

Energy sector SMEs in MED area are considered a strategic development asset for the area due to abundance of renewable energy resources available and the increasing demand of energy coming from the industrial sectors and urban developments. The link between energy sector SMEs and sustainable development is clear to all actors working for the economic development of MED countries.

Thanks to this platform, FIREMED will support Green SMEs to enhance European Energies Services that are delivered through the Platform. Each Partner Region will choose and test some of the described Services, selecting those better matching with the local needs, in order to set up activities between SMEs and financial operators/investors.

In addition to this service, the platform will offer a “European Funding Alert Service” for energy SMEs and Regional and Local Authorities. Technical assistance will be given to SMEs to elaborate financial plans according to private investors’ expectations.

The aim of this platform is to help SMEs in reaching detailed information concerning the energy sector: characteristics, needs and barriers that affect companies’ development, most suitable types of funding, or more information on profitability of the specific sector.

The project covers the territories of 11 MED Regions (Veneto, Lombardy, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Rhone Alpes, Andalucía, Catalonia, Valencia Peloponnese, South Aegean, Cyprus, Istria) from 7 countries (6 EU & 1 IPA): Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia and  Croatia.

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FIREMED - Final Event - 21st May 2015

ASCAME as a member of the consortium of the FIREMED project will be participating in the Final Conference of FIREMED and FIDIAS Projects: The Business meets the environment:  how to finance the green economy.

The general objective of the event is to exchange experiences among partners and policy makers/entrepreneurs/experts and lay the foundations for further cooperation in the access to credit field. Given to the transnational approach of FIREMED project, national and transnational actors both public and private sector will be invited.

The FIREMED project will provide Innovative financial instruments to support energy sector SMEs in the Mediterranean area, during a 26 month initiative co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, within the framework of the Programme MED.

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ASCAME fostering recycling in the Mediterranean

On the 29th of April 2015, the GMI Project held in Alexandria (Egypt) an international capitalization conference entitled “Fostering Recycling in the Mediterranean”.

The event was organized by the Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA)  at the Chamber of Commerce of Alexandria, in coordination with ASCAME.

The event was inaugurated by Mr. Ahmed El Wakil, Chairman of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and President of ASCAME’s Environment Commission; Dr. Alaa Ezz, Secretary General of CEEBA and FEDCOC; Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, Head of Operations of the Delegation of the European Union  to Egypt, and H.E. Soad El-Kholy, Vice-Governor of Alexandria.

Following the inauguration, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote recycling was signed between the Governorate of Alexandria, the Chamber of Commerce of Alexandria (Associate partner of GMI), CEEBA & AEEC (GMI partners), and the EU delegation to Egypt specifying the objectives of the projects and the means of cooperation and involvement of each of the parties.

The discussions focused on the importance of recycling, and on waste as an important resource, while highlighting the importance of transmitting this culture to future generations - a core objective of the GMI project. which will witness a number of Reverse Vending Machines piloted in schools and universities in 5 Mediterranean countries: Egypt; Italy; Lebanon; Spain and Tunisia.

Ms. Diana Kobayter, Project Manager at the Chamber of Commerce of Beirut and Mount Lebanon – lead partner of GMI – presented the project pilots which ASCAME, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and FUNDITEC have begun implementing in Catalan universities in Barcelona, as well as the upcoming pilots in the participating countries.

Dr. Alaa Ezz then discussed how the pilot project will be implemented in Egypt. Directors and representatives from schools and universities from the Alexandria Governate who will be involved in the initiative were also present to share their enthusiasm for the upcoming scheme. The floor was then open to a rich and interesting debate amongst all the participants on the importance of a proper waste management system in the region and on the challenges encountered in the Mediterranean region.

The event was closed with a presentation by Ms. Reem Hatem of the “Out to Sea” project which focuses on raising awareness on the importance of recycling plastic waste.

The GMI project is implemented under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme (  The main objective of the GMI project is to develop an integrated and environmentally sound waste management system, ensuring treatment and recycling, through exploitation of innovative technologies and sustainable methods for waste treatment and recycling with the support of an awareness campaign and communication program.

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