MAIA - Mobilizing new Areas of Investments And Together Aiming to increase Quality of life for All

Despite the fact that in the Southern Mediterranean countries there is a growing need for resource efficiency (RE) services (consulting, engineering and operations) to deal with the pressure on the environment, the RE supply persists at low levels. This is essentially due to the lack of a proper innovation process that would be able to identify the needs, structure the creative solutions and commercialize them. MAIA-TAQA will deal with these issues by setting up demonstrators in 3 Mediterranean pilot areas where innovative services will be applied: they will be related to micro grids, photovoltaics, energy storage, solar thermal technologies and water sanitation and purification. Partners will develop solutions for each barrier: capacity building programme (for lack of skills); innovation desk (for lack of information); guidelines (for lack of regulation); voucher (for lack of finance) and targeted B2B events (for lack of specific matchmaking). The main final beneficiaries are SMEs (especially from environment/utility/building sector) that can have a group of supporting instruments to overcome the barriers and reduce the risks to innovation.

Objective :

To define a new group of sustainable services related to energy, water and waste, and consequently to promote innovative resource efficiency services in the Mediterranean SMEs through the enhancement of their technical and management capacities. Finally, a SMEs network will pave the way for tackling the regulatory frameworks and trade barriers.

What will be improved: 

Through the creation of real demonstration cases with local companies, MAIA-TAQA will raise awareness among the SMEs and the policy makers of innovation practices and policy instruments in the area of RE services. The established Innovation One Stop-Shops offering innovation support services will create an enabling environment for the development of the RE sector in the South MED countries.

Who will benefit:

SMEs, especially those involved in the RE sector, companies and professionals, business associations and chambers of commerce, technology distributors and sellers, national and sectorial institutions, research centers, universities and PhD students.

Expected achievements:

6 innovative resource efficiency services piloted in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.

3 Innovation One-stop-shops established and Innovation Voucher Service for SMEs tested

3 B2B events and 9 company missions to promote technological cooperation among EU/MED SMEs

6 Agreements and Protocols signed between Partners and local target groups

12 training events to enhance the technical and management capacities of local SMEs

Partners:

Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving, Greece (Coordinator) Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations, Egypt QUIPO, Italy Jordan Chamber of Commerce, Jordan Industrial Research Institute, Lebanon Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, Egypt Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Spain UTILITALIA, Italy

Associated partners:

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Egypt Greek Solar Industry Association, Greece The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, Lebanon

The total budget of the project is 3.1 million EURO and a maximum of 90% will be funded by the “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme” ENI CBC Med 2014-2020. The 2014-2020 ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral CrossBorder Cooperation (CBC) initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). The Programme's objective is to foster fair, equitable and sustainable economic, social, and territorial development, which may advance cross-border integration and valorize participating countries’ territories and values. The following 13 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia. The Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English, and French.

For more information, please visit: ENI CBC MED | MAIA TAQA